Halloween Safety Tips

How to keep kids safe on the street and sidewalks!

Trick or Treaters

WALK SAFELY

  • Little girl trick-or-treatingCross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing the street and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, face traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

KEEP COSTUMES BOTH CREATIVE AND SAFE

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

DRIVE EXTRA SAFELY ON HALLOWEEN

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions in your car so you can concentrate on the road and surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn on your headlights.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., so be extra alert during those hours.

Trick-or-treaters

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