Are you ready for Halloween? Costumes put together? Sweet tooth in full force? We hope everyone enjoys themselves and want to provide you with a few important safety tips to keep in mind.
More children under 14 years of age get struck by a vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year. A statistic that we want to change! Stay safe by keeping in mind:
- Drivers can’t see costumes in the dark. Be creative with reflective tape, stickers or glow-in-the-dark gear to add to the costume. Also, it’s never a bad idea to have your children carry flashlights to help them see and be seen.
- Always cross at crosswalks and intersections. Stop at street corners and look both ways multiple times. Don’t cross between parked cars.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups and always have adult supervision.
- Drive safely. Take extra time to look for children. Enter and exit driveways and alleys extra cautious. Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30pm – 9:30pm so be especially alert during those times.
Other tips to remember:
- Costume makeup can cause reactions to your skin. Always test makeup in small area first and make sure to remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- Choose costumes that fit. Baggy sleeves, long capes and skirts can often be a fire hazard if lit jack-o-lanterns are nearby.
- Adults – check your children’s treats. Avoid any homemade treats from strangers.
- Never allow children to enter homes unattended, and only visit well lit houses.
Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!