Halloween Safety Tips
The internet is filled with Halloween Safety Tips, but have you ever Googled Halloween statistics? The results definitely make you pause for the cause! Every parent is concerned about the safety of their child on Halloween. And, there is every reason to be concerned! Take a look at some of these statistics.
Children are twice as likely to be injured in a traffic accident on Halloween. Logic tells you that makes 100% sense as it is this night that more children are near the roads/streets. It, however, doesn’t make the fact any less scary!
Do you know how many children will trick-or-treat this year in America? This will definitely make you understand why, as a driver on Halloween, you need to slow down and be alert! There are 41 million children who will trick-or-treat this year! 41 MILLION!!
Here’s the statistic that hit me in heart… 70% of parents do NOT accompany their child while trick-or-treating. At first, I couldn’t believe that percentage. Then, I began to think about all those young kids running past us about knocking us over the past years with our grandchildren. There was no parent in sight. There are also your big groups of trick-or-treaters escorted by one parent who is always lagging way behind and hollering “Where is” so and so.
Here is another surprise… 65% of parents do not discuss Halloween safety with their child(ren). That needs to change! Children need to know how to be safe. Children are very impulsive and quick to react. If we don’t give them the information to make good choices, how can we expect them to be safe?
Halloween Safety Tips
- Talk to your child about Halloween safety! Be open and honest with them.
- Escort your child Trick-or-treating. Never leave your child alone on this night with 41 million children out running the streets. Even if you trust your child, do you trust that drunk driver?
- Utilize the church sponsored trunk-or-treats in your area.
- Trick-or-treat at homes of family and friends. Don’t go into “rich neighborhoods” just because you have labeled it as such. There is no maximum income limit for a criminal.
- If you are going to be out after dark, wear reflective wear/tape or carry a glowstick so you can be seen. (Most neighborhoods now have set hours that expire by sunset, mind the restrictions in your area.)
- Dress your child in an outfit that does not prohibit their walking or sight. More accidents occur from tripping and falling on this night. 3800 children are seen in the ER’s on this night for injuries.
- Do not allow your child to eat candy while they trick-or-treat. Inspect the candy once you are home. Remove and discard any candy that is open or appears to have been tampered with in any way.
- Children with food allergies may get items they cannot eat. Remove those items but be prepared to have something to replace it.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watch for suspicious characters near you and your child(ren).
- Never allow your child to enter the home of a stranger or get into a car with a stranger.
Halloween is the perfect time to have your child practice those important life skills. Teach them manners. Please and thank-you, go a long way. Teach them courtesy and respect. Instead of knocking down the child in front of them on the way to the door, teach them patience and virtue. If your child is the one who got bumped into, teach them forgiveness. If you have two children and one gets a bucket full of candy and the other only a few pieces, teach them to share. Teach your child to be thankful for what they’ve been given and not filled with greed for what they desire.
Halloween can be a fantastic time to make memories as a family. Be safe. Be smart. Have fun.
Author: Belinda Davis ©2018