Trick or treating is a fun Halloween tradition. But as parents, safety for our children is number one priority! Here are some safety tips to keep your trick-or-treater safe this Halloween!
- Choose costumes that are bright in color and will stick out to drivers in the dark. If your costume is dark, use reflective tape on both your costume and your trick-or-treat bag to keep your child safe.
- Masks are dangerous! They can limit visibility for children as they cross the street or look for cars. Choose face paint as an alternative.
- Stock up on glow sticks and flashlights. The more light you surround your child with, the safer they will be.
- Make sure costumes fit properly to avoid trips and falls. Keep costumes short. Don’t allow children to wear costumes that are oversized and can cause them to easily lose their footing.
- Children under twelve should always be accompanied by an adult. Even if you child is older and you feel they are mature enough to trick-or-treat by themselves, make sure they are going out in groups. Encourage them to stick together and plan their route ahead of time. This way if there is a problem, you can drive the route to find them.
- Keeping an eye out for cars is one of the most important things to remember during the Halloween season!
- Cross the street at corners.
- Make eye contact with driver’s before crossing in front of them.
- Walk on the sidewalk, facing traffic. If there is no sidewalk, stay as far left of the road as you possibly can.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Drivers who are doing this can easily miss seeing you because of blind spots.
- One crucial tip when trick-or-treating is keep your electronic devices down and your heads up. Just as drivers can become distracted, children and even adults can be distracted by their devices and not pay attention to what they are doing. This can leave them at risk of getting hurt or worse. Encourage your child to keep their cell phones in their pocket and only use them during an emergency.
Remember to remind your child that if they feel uncomfortable, see anything suspicious, or have an emergency, they should immediately call 9-1-1. It’s important to be safe, but it is also important to have fun! At Seymour EMS, we wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!