Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for keiki. It allows children to dress up in costumes and walk excitedly through the neighborhoods searching for their next sweet treat. Here are 5 tips to keep you and your keiki safe:

1. Be visible at night

With trick-or-treaters walking around at night, drivers may get distracted. Be sure to carry a flashlight or wear light-colored material so drivers can easily spot you and your children.

2. Keep an eye on your trick-or-treater

According to SafeKids.org, twice the number of children are killed while walking on Halloween than any other day of the year. Accompany kids under the age of 12 for trick-or-treating. If possible, go as a group and stick to familiar areas that are well-lit.

3. Drive with caution

Slow down and be especially alert when driving in residential areas around the peak trick-or-treating hours of 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs. Put away any distractions – like your phone – to concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

4. Keep visiting ghouls safe

Make sure trick-or-treaters are safe when visiting your home. Keep your home well-lit and remove potential hazards, like yard tools and toys, that may cause them to trip or fall.

5. Check treats

When the kids get home, help them check all treats to ensure they are properly sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages, spoiled items, and homemade treats from someone you don’t know.

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