As Halloween approaches, Safe Kids Johnson County asks parents to talk to their children about Halloween safety and asks drivers to be alert while on the road Oct. 31.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Community health experts suggest top safety tips for kids:
- Make sure you can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers. Masks can obstruct your vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible. Carry glow sticks or flashlights so you can see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
- Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put down your phone and keep your head up when you walk across the street.
- Walk on sidewalks and paths. If no sidewalk exists, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Slow down and stay alert. Watch out for cars turning or backing up and don’t dart into streets or cross in between parked cars.
Health officials also recommend safety tips for drivers:
- Reduce speed in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.
- Be alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Reduce distractions inside your car, such as texting and talking on the phone. Concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Safe Kids Johnson County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury — the main cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Johnson County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injury.
More information on Halloween safety, including a tip sheet, is available at safekids.org.