Halloween Safety

Everyone likes a good scare on Halloween!  Halloween is fun for kids of all ages but it can also be can be dangerous for some. According to a study conducted by Safe Kids USA, children are twice as likely to be hit by a car while walking Halloween than any other night of the year.

Here are a few ways to insure your monster or ghost stays safe:

-Decorate costumes and trick or treat bags with reflective tape or stickers. 
-Try on your child’s mask before the 31st. Many masks can obstruct your child’s vision.
-Glow sticks or flashlights will can light your child’s way and can be seen by drivers.
-Make sure your child’s costume is the right size to prevent tripping and falling.

Children under 12 should not trick or treating without an adult.  If you send your child trick or treating with a cell phone, tell them to keep it tucked away. There is no reason for them to be texting while trick or treating.

If you’re driving on Halloween night, slow down and be very cautious in residential neighborhoods and take a little more time to look for kids at intersections, medians and near a curb.

Don’t forget to get rid of all distractions in your car…that means you should put away your cell phone!

Peak trick or treating hours are between 5:30 and 9:30pm.  When your child comes home, go through their bag and throw away any unwrapped candy.  Oh and try not to pick through your child’s candy loot…they will bust you for that.

I’m Dr. Sue Hubbard with The Kid’s Doctor helping parents take charge.

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