Halloween should be a night of spooky fun for kids, where the fright is strictly for entertainment. But parents have cause to be on guard, whether for stranger danger or the inherent risks of their kids crossing the street at night. Many communities take a proactive approach with in-house costume parties and “trunk-or-treat” walks in a controlled environment. But if you’d like your kids to enjoy the good, old-fashioned trick-or-treating you enjoyed as a child, there’s no reason the experience can’t be safe and enjoyable.
Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization helping families and communities prevent accidental injuries to kids, has released a list of Halloween safety tips to consider.
The first rule to set for your kids is to walk safely. This means:
Children under 12 should not go trick-or-treating without a responsible adult. Older kids should still stick to known areas and stay in a group. Parents who are escorting their children should also be mindful of a few rules:
Costume safety is also very important. It’s great to be creative, but you also have to plan a costume in terms of safety by following these tips:
Drivers must also be extra concerned with safety on Halloween by following this advice:
Prime time for trick-or-treating is from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., so be especially alert for tiny goblins during those hours.
At our personal injury law firm, we’ve seen too many accidents involving young children. These are the most heartbreaking cases we encounter. Unfortunately, preventable injuries from car accidents are the leading cause of death for kids in the United States. Please do your part to keep the kids in your area safe this October 31.
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