Halloween is approaching and while the parties may begin this weekend, October 31st is the evening we need to be especially aware of children out trick- or-treating. Below are some safety reminders for kids, parents, and motorists.
“We want everyone to have fun during this fall tradition, but we also want them to think safety,” said CSLEA Foundation Chairman Kenny Ehrman. “A lot of it is common sense, but it’s important to bring these safety reminders to the forefront. Parents, don’t forget to have these conversations with your kids, even if you’ll be the one walking with them as they trick-or-treat.”
Carry a flashlight.
Never flash the light at drivers, or in the eyes of others.
Walk, don't run.
Listen to adult supervisors.
Do not snack on treats until a parent has checked them out.
Dark costumes should have reflective tape on them.
Do not go trick or treating alone.
Accompany your children as they trrick-or treat.
Stay in an area in which you're familiar with traffic patterns and neighbors.
Instruct children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
Be sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.
Take it slow in residential neighborhoods.
Watch for children walking on sidewalks, roadsides, medians, and curbs.
Look for children who may dart out between parked vehicles.
Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
Turn on your headlights to be more visible – even in the late afternoon.