|Halloween is a fun time of the
year when young and old celebrate by dressing up in costumes, going to
parties and eating sweets. To ensure that children & parents not only
have an enjoyable Halloween but a safe holiday here are Halloween
Safety Tips adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Safety
A study conducted by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that the number of deaths among young
pedestrians was four times higher on Halloween evening when compared with
all other evenings of the year. Halloween poses special risks to
young pedestrians. For example, most of the time children spend outdoors
is typically during daylight hours. However, Halloween activities
often occur after dark. Also, children engaged in trick
or treat activities frequently cross streets
at mid-block rather than at corners or crosswalks, putting them at risk
for pedestrian injury. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Before heading out
for trick or treating, discuss with children proper street crossing skills
and traffic safety. Also, review the tips below about other ways
to stay safe on Halloween.
walking in neighborhoods, they should...
Go only to well-lit houses
and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
Travel in small groups
and be accompanied by and adult.
Know their phone number
and carry coins for emergency telephone calls.
Have their names and addresses
attached to their costumes.
Bring treats home before
eating them so parents can inspect them.
Use costume knives and
swords that are flexible not rigid or sharp.
Use flashlights, stay
on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.
Cross streets at the corner,
use crosswalks (where they exist), and do not cross between parked cars.
Stop at all corners and
stay together in a group before crossing.
Wear clothing that is
bright, reflective, and flame retardant.
Consider using face paint
instead of masks. Masks can obstruct a young child's vision.
Avoid wearing hats that
will slide over their eyes.
Avoid wearing long, baggy,
or loose costumes or oversized shoes (to prevent tripping).
Be reminded to look left,
right, and left again before crossing the street.
& adults should...
Supervise the outing for
children under age 12.
Establish a curfew
(a return time) for older children.
Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters
by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing jack-o-lanterns
away from doorways and landings.
Avoid giving choking hazards
such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.
Inspect all candy for
safety before children eat it.
and adults should ensure the safety of pedestrian trick-or-treaters...
Make sure children under
age 10 are supervised as they cross the street.
Watch for children in
the street and on medians.
Exit driveways and alleyways
Have children get out
of cars on the curb side, not on the traffic side.
a few tips about pumpkins:
A Safe and Happy Halloween!
Carve pumpkins on stable,
flat surfaces with good lighting.
Have children draw a face
on the outside of the pumpkin, then parents (adults) should do the cutting.
Place lighted pumpkins
away from curtains and other flammable objects, and do not leave lighted
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