Halloween is a night of fun and fright, but it does require extra caution when it comes to keeping your little monsters safe. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to any other day of the year, and more than 70 percent of accidents occur away from an intersection or crosswalk.” Follow these 13 Halloween safety tips to help avoid common accidents and dangers this Halloween.
- Trick-or-Treating is safer—not to mention more fun—in groups, and adult supervision is essential. Get together with other adults and make an evening of it. Bring cellphones for quick pictures and emergencies, but leave them in your pockets to avoid getting distracted.
- Stay On The Sidewalks, the thrill of the holiday often factors into accidents as excited kids rush from door to door. Shepard children on the sidewalks and cross streets carefully. In areas without sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road, FACING traffic.
- Check Candy for choking hazards like gum and hard candies. Throw away any candy that is not sealed with a wrapper and avoid homemade treats received from strangers.
- Costumes should be well-fitting, bright and safe. When selecting a costume, opt for the bright-colored outfits and add a touch of reflective take to the fabric. Stick some reflective tape on trick-or treat bags as well to be easily spotted by motorists. Prevent accidental tripping or entanglement by making sure costumes are not too big to long. Avoid masks that block vision, but if your child wears one, it should have large eye, nose and mouth openings. Opt for make-up or face paint as an alternative. Costumes, wigs and accessories should contain a label indicated that they are flame resistant. Make sure accessories such as swords; canes or sticks are not sharp or too long.
- Make-Up should be non-toxic and test on a small area first and completely remove before bed-time.
- Jack-O-Lanterns can be painted instead of carved or have children draw a face with markers and get an adult do the carving. Use glow sticks or flameless candles inside to prevent burns.
- Home Decorations If you are turning your home into a haunted house, keep safety in mind: make sure steps, sidewalks, porches and paths are well-lit and clear of decorations and holiday props that may become tripping hazards. Keep all decorations a safe distance away from fireplaces and candles
- Pranks & Vandalism unfortunately increase on Halloween, we recommend these precautions:
• If you will be out, make you house look like you are home and put valuables out of sight
• Install motion-activated outdoor lighting
• Consider purchasing a security system that directly alerts police to intruders
• Trim shrubs and large trees so trespassers have fewer hiding spots
• Make sure hour homeowners insurance policy is up to date.
- Protect Your Car
• Park inside if you can on Halloween, your garage is your best bet. If you do not have a garage you may want to consider outdoor lighting for your driveway and yard
• Make sure your car is locked. Oftentimes, vandals complete their missions with ease when doors are unlocked and windows are open.
• Consider a car alarm
• Hide your valuables; don’t give thieves extra incentive to break in to your car.
- SLOW DOWN! Drivers need to take particular care on this chaotic night. Keep your car parked if you can, but if you have to drive through a neighborhood, take it much slower than normal. Watch for kids who may dart between cars and into the road without looking.
- Turn on Headlights Make your vehicle more visible by ensuring that your lights are on, even during daylight. Having your lights on will also help you see children in dark-colored costumes, which are difficult to see in the dark.
- Eliminate Distractions Cellphone use interrupts your concentration while driving, so turn it off or hit the mute button. The simple task of changing radio stations can also take your eyes off the road. Instead, have your passenger turn the dial or wait until you reach a red light if you’re driving alone.
- Designated Drivers Halloween is not just for kids – adults can also join in on the fun. If you’re planning to drink, make sure you have a designated driver in mind before you attend that party.
From all of us at Dwyer Insurance, we wish you a Happy & Safe Halloween!
Source: Nationwide ©2017