The Corridor Paper

Halloween Safety

Submitted By: Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition

Parents and grandparents are well underway in planning for the annual Halloween adventure of taking their children out to trick or treat. This is one activity children really love. But . . . there is a fine line between fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.

National Safety Council research reveals that children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night can be a factor in accidents. Since trick-or-treating usually occurs after the sun goes down, there are some preventions that need to be taken by anyone who plans to be on the road:

  • Watch for children walking on  roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Watch for children in dark  clothing.

Additional tips for a safe Halloween, include:

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds.
  • Teach children never to enter a stranger’s home or car.
  • Tell children not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • Put electronic devices away and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

Costume safety is extremely important in order for children to have a safe Halloween experience. Make sure all costumes are fire resistant and avoid masks that can obstruct vision. Costumes should not drag the ground or be difficult for children to maneuver. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and/or give them glow sticks.

Who Is The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition serves as a collaborative effort or partnership whose function is to facilitate partners’ work and act as a catalyst for injury prevention initiatives. Its mission is to prevent injury, disability, and death through advocacy, education, legislation, and partnerships.

Additional information about the Injury Prevention Coalition or the grant application may contact Brian Raimondo at ipcleecounty@gmail.com or 239-330-2240.

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