Halloween is around the corner. Every year we urge our readers and clients to make sure they recognize the importance of putting safety first during this particular time of the year. This time around, we would like to stress the importance of making sure your children are safe while going out to trick-or-treat.
Every year, the excitement of knocking on our neighbors’ doors, especially when they took the time to decorate their homes accordingly, takes over the entire family. Children are excited about picking their costumes and parents are excited to see their kids having fun.
But before hitting the streets for trick-or-treating, parents should follow important safety steps that will secure their children during the entire process.
First and foremost, take a special look at the costume options for your little ones. While the costumes may vary greatly, parents should always give their children a hand when picking the perfect Halloween costume. Certain costumes are more likely to put your child in danger mostly because they may drag or get stuck. In many situations, costumes made with certain materials may also be more likely to catch fire. Being aware of the limitations and the risks will help children to stay safe while trick-or-treating.
If your children will be doing all the trick-or-treating late at night, placing reflective tape on the costume could help them to stay visible to drivers who wouldn’t see them otherwise. Giving your children a glow stick to hold while knocking on doors may also help.
For those who have children who are old enough to go trick-or-treating in groups, making sure your children have a GPS-enabled mobile device at all times could give you the peace of mind you need to allow them to go on their own.
For drivers, knowing a thing or two about the importance of keeping an eye out for small children crossing the roads on Halloween night could also help to save lives.
If you’re a motorist and you will be doing a lot of driving in residential neighborhoods during Halloween, watch for children walking on roadways, crosswalks, medians, an even curbs. In many occasions, children will dart out from between parked cars. Stay alert and drive slowly.
While entering and exiting driveways and alleys, do so carefully since children may not be watching out for oncoming vehicles.
Whenever you approach a stop sign or traffic light, do so carefully and slowly to make sure children are not about to cross.
To make your children’s Halloween a fun and safe one, check out the video below for more safety tips or click here for more information.