The 5 “S’s” of Halloween Health and Safety
Halloween is tomorrow and little trick-or-treaters will soon be roaming throughout the neighborhood. But did you know: On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year according to Safekids.org. With the increase of traffic on October 31st now’s the best time to practice safety procedures to ensure you, your guests, and others stay out of harm’s way. Here are the 5 “S’s” of Halloween health and safety to follow this year.
1.) Stick together: Children under the age of twelve should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
2.) Stand out: Decorate Halloween costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
3.) Slow Down: Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
4.) Stop before you eat: Examine all Halloween treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating or having your children eat them.
5.) Staying indoors? Clean up: Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended. Also, remove tripping hazards should as hoses and toys from your walkway and porch for trick-or-treaters and guests.
Remember these 5 “S’s” of Halloween health and safety and you’ll be more likely to have a safe and Happy Halloween this year!
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