Halloween is a magical time for kids to go trick-or-treating, have classroom parties, and make trips to neighborhood haunted houses. However, for moms, dads, and those in the medical field such as nurses, the fun of Halloween can quickly turn into a nightmare, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.
The National Center for Health Statistics estimates 7,330 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents in 2016. Non-traffic incidents occur on non-traffic ways such as driveways, parking lots or other private property according to Injury Facts.
In 2017, the National Safety Council ranked October second in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700 deaths leading to the fact that 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.
To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips.
Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause safety hazards.
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame
- All costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant
- Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
- If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
- When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
- Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
- A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
- Have flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat
- Agree on a specific time your child should return home
- Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
- Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
- Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street
Safety Tips for Motorists
NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
- At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
- Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween
At MedPro Staffing, we wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween, and we encourage you to use these helpful safety tips to ensure your Halloween has a whole lot of “Boo” and absolutely no “Boo-Boos”!