10 Halloween safety tips from Safe Kids of Central Wyoming
By Melissa Schmitz Oct 27, 2016
Did you know children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year?
Halloween is Monday, and children will be on the street after dark. Their excitement could cause them to run into the street without looking. We at Safe Kids of Central Wyoming ask parents to talk to their kids about walking safely and remind drivers to slow down on neighborhood roads.
Long before letting your little ghosts and goblins head outside for trick or treating, teach them to watch for cars, make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and use crosswalks when possible. Use glow sticks, flashlights or reflective trick-or-treat bags to make sure kids’ costumes are visible to drivers.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light-colored clothing.
- Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible.
- Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
- Stay alert - Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don’t dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- It’s best to cross the street safely at corners. And always look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Melissa Schmitz is the grant coordinator for the Safe Communities and Safe Kids programs at Wyoming Medical Center. She has a blended background in healthcare, business development, technology and retail. She is the mother of two young boys. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (307) 577-7904.