Tricks? Treats? Car accidents? Not this year! October has arrived, signaling pumpkin carving, party planning and preparation for Halloween. Kiddos are picking out their costumes and anxiously waiting for trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to haunted houses to begin.
Although it’s a thrilling time for kids, it can feel like a nightmare for parents with the increase in safety concerns. “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, and October ranks No. 2 in vehicle deaths by month…” (National Safety Council, 2018).
To make sure you and your family stay safe this Halloween, here are some safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- An adult should accompany children during trick-or-treating
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review a safe route
- Agree on a specific time children should return home
- Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home or car
- Tell your children to stay in familiar, well-lit areas and to stick with their friends
- Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
- Make sure all costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
- Avoid masks or other apparel that obstruct vision
- If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
- If you plan to buy Halloween makeup, make sure it’s nontoxic, and test it in a small area first, such as your wrist or hand
- Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
If you plan on driving the night of Halloween, make sure to:
- Watch for children walking on the road, medians and curbs
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys very carefully
- Watch for children in dark clothing as the night progresses
- Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving
Follow these safety tips so there are no tricks (only treats!) this Halloween. For more information about how to stay safe throughout the year, visit our auto injuries page. Happy Halloween from all of us at TBC Accident Care!