Halloween Safety

Ghosts, ghouls and zombies have arrived and the children are out to trick-or-treat! As a driver, parent or trick-or-treater, here are some ways you can stay safe:

As a driver, here are some tips you should follow:

Obey the Rules of the Road. When driving through residential neighborhoods, obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive below the speed limit and continue to scan the road for trick-or-treaters. Be careful for any children that may dart out into the street.

Keep Your Line of Vision Clear. As we mentioned, scan the road for trick-or-treaters who may be walking on sidewalks and roadways. With dark costumes, children and their guardians may be harder to see. Be careful when turning onto streets and backing out of driveways.

As a parent, here are some tips to protect your children and fellow trick-or-treaters:

Talk with Your Trick-or-Treaters. You and your children and/or friends should have a route that you will follow while trick-or-treating. The route should be familiar and well-lit – instruct your trick-or-treaters not to enter a stranger’s home or garage. If you have older children who do not need to be supervised, establish a time for them to return home.

Check the Costumes and Candy. Ensure that your trick-or-treater’s costume is flame resistant and has reflective components so he or she is visible to drivers. In addition, instruct your children to not eat any candy until they return home in order for you to do a proper check. Any candy that appears to be opened should be thrown away immediately.

As a trick-or-treater, here is how you can stay safe:

Communicate with Your Parents/Guardians. If you do not have need to be supervised, communicate with your parents on a time that you will return home and your planned route to trick-or-treat. You may be excited that you have independence, but don’t make your parents and/or guardians worry – it is a spooky holiday after all!

Think About Motorists. Cross streets at corners or cross walks and always look both ways! When you are walking from house to house, walk on the sidewalks. If sidewalks are not available in a particular residential area, walk as close to the curb as possible.

Be Seen! Your costume should have reflective material for motorists to see you in the dark. Also, carry a flashlight with fresh batteries, but do not shine it directly to oncoming drivers – you may blind them for a moment and they may not see you.

This summary is for general informational use only and may not include all relevant information.