Halloween is a day that is fun and exciting for kids of all ages. Whether trick-or-treating, having parties, or going to a haunted house, it is important to make sure to keep you and your family safe while having fun.
In 2015, about 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents, according to Injury Facts 2017, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council. About 17% of these deaths occurred when pedestrians improperly crossed roads or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting or dark clothing accounted for about 15% of the deaths. Other circumstances varied by age: Darting or running into the road accounted for about 15% of deaths in kids ages 5 to 9 and 7% for those 10 to 15.
With Halloween just one day away, we wanted to share some safety tips!
- Use reflective tape to increase visibility on costumes and bags
- Carry flashlights
- Make openings in masks for eyes, nose, and mouth
- Check candy before eating it
- Stay in a group
- Walk on the sidewalk