Tis the season for vampires and princesses running around the neighborhood in search for candy. This time of year is fun for kids, but parents need to be aware of safety concerns before the Halloween festivities begin.
Here are 7 safety tips you should know to avoid a scare this Halloween season:
- Safe Walking
Don’t J-walk. Make sure to cross the street at a crosswalk and walk on the sidewalks or paths. If there is no path, you should walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible on the road.
“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. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700. July is No. 1, with 3,830 deaths.” – National Safety Council
- Halloween Costume Safety Tips
Have children wear a glow stick or carry a flashlight. You could even add reflective tape to their costume or candy bag. Also, make sure costumes aren’t too big to avoid trips and falls.
- Supervision on Halloween Night
Always accompany small children with they are trick-or-treating. If children are old enough to go alone, review the route they are going to take before they leave.
- Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips
Instead of a candle, use a battery light or glow stick to light up your pumpkin. For smaller children, have them use a marker to design their pumpkin and have an adult do the carving with a knife.
- Porch Light for Trick-or-Treating
Advise children only to go to houses with a light on. If you are planning to give candy away, make sure your yard and path is clear, so people don’t get hurt while trying to reach your front door.
- Driving Tips for Halloween Night
Take extra precaution when entering and exiting your driveway. Don’t allow unexperienced drivers to drive on Halloween Night. Be alert for children in dark clothing.
- Give Out Something Besides Candy
Stand out from the crowd this year. Try coming up with a different idea instead of candy or food:
- Halloween toys or gadgets
- Halloween temporary tattoos
- Glow sticks
- Coloring book or pencils
- Toothbrush or floss
- Mini pumpkins
- Play dough
- Bounce balls
Keep these safety tips in mind and share with a friend to avoid a scare during Halloween this year. Have fun and Happy Halloween!
Tis the Season for Deer Crashes
While you’re on the road enjoying the fall colors, make sure to keep your eyes on alert for deer as well. While deer crashes occur year round, the peak season occurs from September – November during mating season when deer are more active.
In 2018, there were over 20,000 vehicle deer crashes in Wisconsin. 515 motorists were injured and there were 4 fatalities. Being cautions and prepared can prevent you from being one of these statistics.