As you prepare for the spookiest holiday of the year, there are a few things to keep in mind to keep you and your family safe. Here are some tips from Safe Kids Worldwide to help reduce the risk of injury while you are celebrating.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers to help your child stand out to cars while they are out and about.
- Try to wear light clothing. This one is for adults too. This will help you be more visible in the dark.
- Make it as easy as possible for drivers to see you and your kids. Have them carry a flashlight or a glow stick. These can be found at most mass retailers or party stores.
- Opt for non-toxic face paint and makeup over a mask whenever possible. Masks can obstruct you and your child’s vision, making it harder to see where you are going. This is especially important when you are around the water.
- Children who are under the age of 12 should not be alone at night or around the water without supervision. If your kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, make sure you remind them to stay in familiar areas and to stay out of the water.
- The most popular time for trick-or-treating is between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. If you are driving at this time, be on the lookout for adults and children in the road. Watch out for kids crossing mid-block.
- If you are in your car, keep your phone down so you are not distracted while you are driving.
- When you are choosing your costume, make sure you get the right size. This will help to prevent trips and falls.
We hope you have a happy and safe Halloween full of lots of candy and fun! Get more safety tips at SafeKids.org.