Remember to be mindful this Halloween

Published 8:38 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019

The time for tricks and treats is almost here and like each year before, safety during Halloween Trick or Treating continues to be an issue that should be addressed.

Safe kids Worldwide also stressed their concern for being safe during this holiday. They stress the importance of walking safety in neighborhoods:

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  2. Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  3. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  4. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  5. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  6. Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

When it comes to costumes, the organization talks about the importance of using reflective tapes, stickers and light colors if possible for costumes.

  1. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  2. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  3. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

It is important to have fun this Halloween but also important to stay safe.