The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ranks Halloween among the Top 3 most deadly days for pedestrians.
Not only are there more children and parents walking on sidewalks and along roadways on Halloween, but many Halloween costumes can limit the wearer's vision which can cause them not to see approaching cars.
Some Halloween costumes are also dark colored and can be harder to see as the evening wears on.
Here are more Halloween Safety Tips provided by Safe Kids Worldwide: Walk Safely!
· Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks · Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking both ways as you cross · Put electronic devices down and keep heads up. Walk, don't run, when crossing! · Teach children to make eye contact with stopped drivers before crossing in front of them. · Always walk on sidewalks or along paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left of the roadway as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings. · Watch for cars that are turning or backing up! Teach children to NEVER dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. Keep Costumes Creative AND Safe · Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors · Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks which can obstruct a child's vision · Have kids carry glow sticks or flash lights to help them see and be seen by drivers. · When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent tripping and falling.
Trick or Treat With An Adult!
Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.