Stay Safe on the Streets This Halloween

For children and adults alike, Halloween can be one of the most fun nights of the year. But while you’re celebrating, it’s important that you and your family stay safe. Keep these tips in mind to avoid danger when you and your kids are trick or treating.

Before your child heads out on Halloween night, the non-profit organization Safe Kids suggests that you remind him or her about pedestrian safety. This includes looking both ways, only crossing at a crosswalk, using traffic signals, making eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of a stopped car, and never running out between parked cars. Have your child carry a cell phone and check-in with you regularly, and to call 911 in case any emergency arises. You can also add more safety tips to your list from here.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should avoid costumes that block your child’s visibility. For example, choose makeup instead of a mask that can obstruct vision. Costumes should ideally be a bright, reflective color; alternatively, you can add reflective tape to costumes and trick or treat bags so that your kids are more visible to motorists. You can also have your child carry a flashlight or glow stick. Make sure that accessories like shoes and hats fit properly to avoid injury. Always avoid dangerous accessories, like swords and knives. You may also want to find a costume that’s labeled as “flame resistant.”

Encourage your children to choose a well-traveled route that they are familiar with. Instruct them to only visit well-lit houses, and to never enter the home or garage of someone they don’t know. Younger children (those under age 12), should be supervised by a responsible teen or an adult, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you’re expecting Trick-Or-Treaters, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends removing any lawn decorations that little feet could trip over. Make sure paths are well lit and clear of debris, and bring lit Jack'O'Lanterns indoors (making sure to keep them away from curtains and anything else that could ignite).

The CDC says that kids are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other night. Make sure to keep an eye out for Trick-Or-Treaters while you're backing out of parking spots and turning onto roads. As always, driving distracted is a dangerous idea, so avoid texting and other activities while behind the wheel. Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods, especially during the designated trick or treat hours in your city.

We here at Carter Mario want everyone to enjoy their holiday evening. Follow these simple tips and ensure that Halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year!