As swarms of costumed children race around the streets this Halloween, a few simple safety precautions go a long way to making all Halloween memories good ones!.
Some suggestions include:
- Supervision: Make sure children are accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager when they go door-to-door. If they do not have an adult or older brother or sister to go with, use the “Buddy” system and travel with a group of children.
- Make a Route: Parents should know the route their children are taking, and children should never trick-or-treat alone! Set limits on when children should return home.
- Safe Candy: Kids always want to eat candy, so make sure they eat a good dinner before venturing out to trick or treat. Throw away anything that is unwrapped. If you are providing loose or handmade goodies, why not add your name to the package so that parents will know where it came from?
- Safe Costumes: Children should wear safe shoes and clothing that is light in color and short enough to prevent tripping. Be sure the children can hear and see well through masks to avoid cars and consider face makeup instead of a mask. Costumes should also have reflective strips, and remember to carry a flashlight or glow stick if out after dark.
- Safe Streets: Encourage your children to Trick-or-Treat only on streets that are well-lighted. Walk on the sidewalks and only cross at corners, not between parked cars. Never enter a stranger’s house or get in their car.
- Make your Porch Safe: Leave your porch light on so children will know it’s ok to visit your home. Clear a path up to the door by removing bikes and other obstructions from that could be a tripping hazard for little ones.
- Vandalism is a crime punishable by law. Inform children of the need to respect others and their property!
AAA offers motorists a few easy tips:
- Avoid neighborhood shortcuts. If possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present. When providing directions to a party, try not to route guests through neighborhoods unnecessarily.
- Watch for children in the street. Watch for children walking on streets, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.
- Slow down. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if they’re hit by a car traveling at 35 mph compared to 25 mph. What seems like a small difference—just 10 mph—can be the difference between life and death
- Drive sober. Alcohol-impaired drivers make up about one-third of all motor vehicle deaths resulting in an average of one death every 45 minutes. Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink. Visit www.PreventDUI.AAA.com to learn more.