Halloween is a fun American holiday tradition. While it can be a lot of fun, it is important to keep our children safe. Here are some guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- A parent (or another adult) should always accompany young children while they are trick or treating.
- Children should use flashlights with fresh batteries.
- If older children are going alone, review the route they intend to take and make sure it t is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when your children should return home.
- Make sure your children only go to homes with a porch light on. Don’t enter a home or car for a treat, even if the homeowners seem nice and polite.
PEDESTRIAN INJURIES ARE THE MOST COMMON INJURIES DURING HALLOWEEN
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind trick-or-treaters:
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Remember to wear reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Carry a cellphone for communication.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys, particularly if they are dark.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or driveways because other drivers will not be able to see you.
- Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will! Don’t assume because you can see a car that they can see you.
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
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