But there is a much darker side to Halloween. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year. The night of all things scary can quickly turn into a real-life nightmare for those unfortunate enough.
While children place a high value on treats, our lives are valued above all else. Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year, in terms of children walking the streets. Therefore, steps need to be taken to ensure the festivities remain a happy memory year after year.
Read our tips to ensure yourself and your family enjoy a safe and spooky Halloween.
• Plan a route – Trick or treating can take you many streets away from your house. Planning a route will ensure you reduce the risk of getting lost.
• Stranger danger – Knocking on the doors of a stranger’s house? It doesn’t seem like a safe idea any other night of the year. Make sure your children understand the risks and know not enter a stranger’s house.
• Fire-resistant costumes – Many Halloween costumes are a fire hazard, all it takes is the costume brushing up against a candle before it catches fire. Make sure your children’s costumes are fire-resistant to avoid this danger.
• Out of the dark – October brings long dark nights. It is likely that when you’re trick or treating, it will be dark out. Use a torch to light your path and to ensure you are visible to other people and motorists.
• Pedestrians – Halloween night is one of the busiest nights of the year in terms of people out on the street. Make sure you stay alert for children walking who may not be illuminated.
• If you don’t have to go out, don’t – If you can avoid driving at all, it would probably be safer to stay at home. The less people on the road on Halloween night, the better.
• Drive slow – Most residential areas have a speed limit of 10mph. On Halloween, drive at a speed of around 5mph in residential areas. This way if a child walks into the road, you can stop the car quickly and easily
• Decorations – Like costumes, decorations can be highly flammable. It is better to avoid these altogether and opt for an alternative. Keep decorations away from open flames.
• Candles – Avoid using candles. Battery-operated candles, glow sticks and torches are much safer then running the risk of having an open flame around children and decorations.
• Smoke alarms – Pumpkins with candles inside and flammable decorations increase the risk of a fire. It goes without saying that all smoke alarms should be working and up to date, especially on a night like Halloween.
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