Halloween Safety Tips
October 21, 2021
It’s hard to believe that October is almost over. Remember how we all thought time was standing still a year ago? Halloween is just around the corner! It has been a while since everyone has had to remember exactly what to do when it comes to Halloween safety.
The first thing everyone should consider is costume safety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a list of reminders that may have been forgotten.
Here is something that will frighten any parent or guardian. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Scary right? A lack of visibility due to low lighting at night can also play a factor that can cause these accidents. As a parent, guardian or caregiver, there are things you can do to increase safety for your child(ren) this Halloween. Here are a few practical safety tips:
Here is a reminder for all: Put your phone or electronic devices down. If ever there was a time when all eyes should be focused ahead, this is it. Wherever there is low lighting, an unfamiliar route, the chance of an accident increases. The important advice of “walk, don’t run” and “look both ways before crossing the street” are very important to remember! As the data shows, accidents are more likely to kill or injure a child on Halloween. With that in mind, all drivers that will be out when children will be trick-or-treating should remember to watch for children on roadways, medians, and curbs. Children may be unaware of the potential dangers of this holiday and therefore all drivers are encouraged to enter and exit all driveways very cautiously. Taking the time ahead of time to prepare and get all the plans made will pay off with a fun and memorable time for both kids and parents! Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Pocono Mountains United Way Board Member
Emergency Management Technician, Bushkill Emergency Corps.