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Offered by Janine Lechleitner, CPNP, Premier Pediatrics

The risk of a child being hit and killed by a car is more than double on Halloween versus the other days of the year. So if you take your children trick-or-treating, make safety your top priority.

Children under 12 years need adult supervision. If children are old enough AND mature enough to be without supervision, they need to stay in familiar areas that are well lit, go in a group, only go to homes with a porch light on, never enter a car or home, and agree to be home at a specific time. Review with children how to call home or 911 if they have an emergency or become lost.

Dos:

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers
  • Wear light colors
  • Use face paint or makeup instead of masks which can obstruct vision
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights
  • Cross the street at corners
  • Put electronic devices down, keep heads up, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
  • Watch for cars turning or backing up
  • Slow down; be alert in residential neighborhoods (popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.)
  • Turn your headlights on earlier in the day
  • Remove tripping hazards on your sidewalk or porch; clear walkways if snow is present
  • Ensure outdoor lights work
  • Keep pets up to avoid accidental bites
  • Use a flashlight or glow stick to light your pumpkin

Don’ts:

  • Dart out into the street
  • Let small children carve pumpkins; use markers instead

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