Kids love trick-or-treating on Halloween, but the holiday poses some real “scary” risks: twice as many children are likely to be killed by vehicles on Halloween night than any other throughout the year.
FedEx and Safe Kids have teamed up once again to keep kids safe on Halloween by educating children, their parents and even motorists about safe behaviors, sharing research that sheds light on the issue and giving out some safe “gear” to kids to help them be seen on Halloween night!
Below is a list ofsafety tips Safe Kids and FedEx recommend for parents and drivers to make sure everyone has a fun, safe night.
Top safety tips Safe Kids and FedEx recommend for parents:
- 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. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Slow down and stay alert – watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
- Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible instead. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
Top safety tips Safe Kids and FedEx recommend for drivers:
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.