Halloween is approaching, and that means it’s time for trick-or-treating! Although this time of year is exciting, it is important to be aware of important Halloween safety tips for both you, and your children. Be sure to talk with your kids before you go out Halloween night so they have a proper understanding of what they should and should not do.
While some tips may seem self-explanatory, the excitement of Halloween can cause unusual behaviors that can put children at risk.
- Be sure to cross only at street corners and to obey all traffic signals
- When walking around be sure to have your electronic devices down so that you can be aware when walking, and crossing the street.
- Always walk on sidewalks and paths. If there is no sidewalk, walk as far to the left as possible.
- Do not assume because it is Halloween that you have the right-of-way. Motorist may have a difficult time seeing you.
- Teach your children to always watch for cars that may be backing out, and never to dart across the street.
- Children who are 12 or under should not be alone without adult supervision.
- If kids are old enough to be without supervision, they should only trick-or-treat in groups, or familiar areas.
- Review with your children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency, or get lost.
- Only go to homes that have a porch light on, and never enter a home, or a car for a treat.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape if possible. Also be sure to have kids carrying glow sticks or flashlights so they can be seen by drivers.
- When you are selecting a Halloween costumes be sure to select the correct size to prevent any trips or falls.