It’s not scary to be a safe pedestrian
Follow these Halloween safety tips to make sure this Halloween isn’t ghoulish
Halloween is a scary time of year, and that’s not because of the ghosts, ghouls and goblins lurking about.
Children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other time of year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Teach them how to be smart pedestrians now, and you’ll help them stay safe all year long.
Halloween is the time to see and be seen
The most important thing to remember is to make sure your kids are visible. And while a classic black robe and white spooky mask may be a scream of a good time, it may not be the safest thing to wear when walking near a road. Consider upgrading that killer costume with a flashlight, reflective tape or glowstick to make sure motorists can see you, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sticking to well-lit areas can also increase visibility, while staying on the sidewalk will make sure you’re out of the path of vehicles. Seeing cars is just as important as having drivers see you. Avoid masks or costumes that inhibit your vision, so that Cyclops mask with the central, single eyehole may be a no-go if you want to remain safe and sound this year.
Walk this way
When walking about town, it’s important to follow established road safety rules. Halloween may be a holiday, but it’s not a vacation from the rules. It’s important to remind your kids to abide by the classic rules for crossing a street which are to stop, wait, listen for vehicles, and look both ways before crossing the street.
One of the best ways for a young child to remain safe while walking on Halloween is to have their parent or guardian accompany them as they go about their trick-or-treating. And while taking them from door to door, it would be a great time to reinforce some safety rules, such as always obey road signs, cross at intersections, and don’t jaywalk. Just because it’s a fun time, doesn’t mean it can’t be a safe time!
Don’t get distracted
If your kids have their own phones, teach your children to put down their screens when they walk across the street, according to Safe Kids Worldwide; your child’s safety deserves their full attention. Electronic devices aren’t the only things that can distract someone, when crossing the road make sure you have your full attention paid to any nearby vehicles, as the Halloween holiday may also have some drivers making dangerous decisions regarding drinking.
For more information about Halloween safety, please see Distracted Walking: Your Phone and Intersections Don't Mix and Key Halloween Safety Tips.
SafeBee® Top Three:
1. Have your children use lights, reflective tapes or glow sticks to make sure you stand out
2. Your kids should obey normal safety rules when crossing the road
3. Have your children put their phones away while you cross the street