Halloween is just around the corner. This means a lot of fun: Candy, costumes and trick-or-treating. The holiday is a beloved favorite, but you must remain on the lookout for more than just impressive costumes. When enjoying the Halloween season, you should also be aware of the numerous opportunities for injuries.
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that vehicles are more than twice as likely to strike children on Halloween than on any other days of the year. The NSC also states that October is the second most deadly month for motor vehicle accidents, with approximately 3,700. Before you step out to celebrate Halloween, you should consider a few crucial safety tips.
Have an adult accompany young trick-or-treaters
Children can be difficult for motorists to see, especially during twilight or nighttime. Have an adult accompany children for trick-or-treating. Adults also have a much better awareness of traffic signals, motorists and pedestrian safety than children.
Teach children about traffic safety
Even if an adult accompanies the trick-or-treating group, take the time to educate children and teenagers about safety as pedestrians. Instruct them to stop at a red light, look both ways before crossing, never wander into the street and stay within well-lit areas.
Use lights as safety equipment
Halloween evening will be dark, and many costumes are made of dark cloth. To help cars see trick-or-treaters more easily, attach a small, flashing light or glow-stick to children’s costumes or treat bags. You can also carry a flashlight or lantern to light your way.
If you plan to drive on Halloween, use extra caution. Look carefully for children who might be wearing dark costumes, darting into the street or crossing without looking. Drive slowly, especially in residential areas and near driveways.
Halloween may be one of the most dangerous times of year, but it is also one of the most exciting. If you are injured, it may negatively affect your Halloween experience for years. By following these safety tips, you can help others stay safe and have fun.