Fun costumes, spooky decorations, and trick-or-treating make Halloween an exciting holiday for kids across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 41 million children will be out in neighborhoods, looking for candy and other sweets. However, far too many children end up injured or even killed through unsafe practices on this holiday. In fact, about twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween than any other day of the year. There are many Halloween safety practices that we can all observe to keep kids safe this weekend.
Halloween Safe Practices include:
- Always cross the street at traffic signals and crosswalks
- Always walk on the sidewalk or pathway as much as possible
- Drive slowly and carefully in residential neighborhoods, especially from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Never let young children trick-or-treat alone
- Take young children by the hand when crossing the street
- Talk to children about safe practices and what to watch out for, such as cars that are backing up
- Use reflective tape, glowsticks, and lights to keep both kids and adults easy to see
When choosing a costume for your child, watch out for trailing fabrics that could lead to a fall. Be sure that your child’s visibility is clear, even if they’re wearing a mask. Some costumes may feature fire-retardant materials, which can help prevent a disaster if a child should come into contact with an open flame.
If you’ll be passing out treats to little ones, there are also ways that you can keep your yard and porch safe for costumed visitors. Although scary decorations are fun, it’s also important to provide a well-lit walkway with porch lights and lamps. Flameless candles for jack-o-lanterns can prevent accidents, but if you choose to use a real candle, be sure to place it out of reach of small children.
Even simple safety tips like these can help save the lives of children this Halloween. Unfortunately, only about 1/3 of parents talk to their kids about safety before trick-or-treating, but even a short reminder to children can mean the difference between a memorable holiday and an unthinkable tragedy. Parents, neighbors, and drivers can all work together to keep Halloween safe and fun this year, and the Lubbock pedestrian accident attorneys of Liggett Law Group hope that everyone enjoys the upcoming festivities.