For children in Lubbock, Texas and all around the country, Halloween is a fun and exciting time; a time of wonder and community that every child should have a chance to experience in a positive way. Unfortunately, based on statistics, children are more likely to be in an accident or become injured on Halloween than any other night of the year.
There are twice as many child pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year, and one reason for that may be based on the fact that, according to a recent survey, 12 percent of parents reported allowing their child under five to trick-or-treat by themselves, which should not happen.
There are some things that everyone can do to make this the best Halloween anyone has ever had.
Tips For a Safe Halloween in Lubbock:
- Never let a small child go out on their own. All children under 12 should be supervised by an adult.
- Plan your route in advance. This should be the case, whether you are in your own neighborhood or another neighborhood. Map out the entire route and draw a map for the kids, as well, and set aside specific places to meet if someone gets separated.
- Make sure your child can see and be seen. Make sure their costume short enough so they don’t trip, incorporate reflective materials, and have the carry a flashlight or a glow stick for even greater visibility. Masks should not obstruct their vision, and make sure the costume is not something long and flowing that can become caught on bushes and branches, or that can possible catch fire. Costumes should be flame retardant, but they won’t be flame proof.
- Remind your children of “Stranger Danger.” When trick-or-treating, children sometimes forget the rules regarding strangers. Make sure they know not to approach anyone offering them candy from a car, and also make them aware of the danger when someone asks them inside their home.
- Stay together. Any child under 12 should stay with you at all times, but it’s also important that you stay with them. Keep them in your sight at all times. If possible, get them to travel in groups and remind them to stay together at all times. If your child is really little, a stroller or a wagon may be a great idea, this way they have something to return to after each house and it’s easier to keep your eye on them.
- Keep an eye out. Children, especially the small ones, have their mind on one thing, so they need you to watch things for them. Look for suspicious cars, or cars that are backing up or turning around and those that are basically not looking where they are going.
- Stay on the sidewalk. Stay on lighted sidewalks while going from house to house and make sure the kids only cross at the intersection, especially if there is a traffic light nearby. Treat it as a learning experience, at the same time you are keeping them safe.
- Don’t let them eat any candy. Make sure they wait to eat the candy when they get home, when you can do a candy check and examine all of the packaging to look for tampering before allowing them to eat it.
Liggett Law Group Wishes Everyone in Lubbock a Safe Halloween
Safety should be at the top of your list every year, in part because ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night are not the scariest things to think about every Halloween. By stressing safety, you actually take the scariest thing possible out of your Halloween festivities. Have a Safe Halloween in Lubbock.