The scariest time of year is now upon us. As we celebrate the spooky season, it is important to remember that there are certain dangers of which parents should be aware. Below are Four tips to stay safe this Halloween:
1. Watch Your Step: As children run rampant all across our neighborhoods, hopped up on sugary treats, it is easy for slip and fall accidents to occur. Remind your children to pace themselves from door to door and to avoid rushing. Bright flashlights with fresh batteries not only light the way in the dark but also make children more visible to vehicles on the road. Make sure to choose costumes that are the right size. Costumes that are baggy and loose may be a tripping hazard for small legs and feet.
2. Trick-or-Treat Trail: Always use sidewalks while walking through the neighborhood. If there is no sidewalk, travel on the leftmost side of the street. It is best to travel in groups to remain visible to oncoming traffic, and small children should always be accompanied by an adult. It is important to know that pedestrian accidents are very common on Halloween, so be aware of your surroundings.
3. For the Drivers: During peak trick-or-treating hours, take caution to drive below the speed limit. Children are excitedly running around and may not take the proper precautions before crossing the street. Be careful about passing other vehicles on the roadway in neighborhoods as they may be picking up or dropping off children. If you, yourself, are on carpool duty, put on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
4. Making Your Home Safe: For your own home, remove all obstacles from your lawn and walkway and have a brightly lit path for trick-or-treaters. If you have Jack-o-lanterns, consider glow sticks or flameless candles to avoid injury.