Safety First While Trick-Or-Treating!
With Halloween in the air and our ghouls and goblins preparing for a spooktacular Halloween, please remember to keep safety a top priority!! Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children and can often be hectic for parents. Please take a moment to review the safety tips below provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters to:
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Carry a cellphone for quick 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.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- 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!