Be Safe and Be Seen on Halloween

October 28, 2011

Safe kids are seen on Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and the area’s little vampires and witches are gearing up to go trick-or-treating. Now is the perfect time for parents to review walking safety tips with their kids -- before the night of fun begins.

According to Safe Kids, on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. New Safe Kids research shows that only one third of parents talk to their children annually about Halloween safety.

Don’t take any chances this Halloween. Check out these tips, compiled to help prepare your children to behave safely and to remind drivers to take extra precautions this Halloween:

Tips for Parents and Children

Do a costume check. Can the child walk easily in the outfit? Make sure the masks or head gear allow the children to see clearly what is around them.

Think visibility. Wear bright colors, use retro reflective materials. Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

Choose the safest routes to walk.

  • Pick places where there are sidewalks or paths separated from traffic if possible.

  • Look for well-lit streets with slow traffic.

  • Remind children to watch for cars turning into or pulling out of driveways.

Plan how to cross streets.

  • Avoid crossing busy, high-speed or multi-lane roads.

  • Limit the number of street crossings.

  • Give children exiting the street room to enter the sidewalk area.

Review crossing safety rules with children. Tell them to:

  • Always look for cars for yourself – even when adults are also looking.

  • Stop at the curb and look left, right and left again for traffic.

  • Wait until no traffic is coming and begin crossing. Keep looking for traffic until you have finished crossing.

  • When crossing the street at an intersection, obey traffic signs and signals and double-check to see if cars are coming.

  • Look left, right and left and then behind you and in front of you for turning cars.

  • Walk, don’t run across the street.

Always WALK and don't run from house to house.

Choose homes that welcome Halloween visitors. Look for lights on, well-lit driveways, and walkways or paths to the front door.

Reminders for Motorists

Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on early in the day so you can spot children from greater distances. 

Drive slowly through residential streets and areas where you might expect to see pedestrians trick-or-treating.

Watch for children in dark clothing. Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and that they may not be able to see your vehicle. 

Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. 

Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs.

Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

For Everyone

Don’t eat all of your Halloween candy in one night!

For walking safety and other healthy living tips on Halloween and all year long, visit WalkArlington.com or check us out on Facebook!

Trick or Treat!

WalkArlington


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