Wearing a costume and walking the streets in the dark can be dangerous for anyone but especially for young trick-or-treaters. On Halloween, kids are four times more likely to be hit by a car than on any other day of the year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Department of Transportation data indicate that 133 children were struck and killed while walking on Halloween from 1990 to 2012. Ensure your kids have a fun and safe time on the holiday with these Halloween safety tips from the CDC.
Additional Halloween Safety Tips
• If trick-or-treaters are under the age of 12, an adult should supervise them.
• Choose a familiar route for kids to follow while trick-or-treating.
• Masks can obstruct children’s vision, so have them wear face paint instead.
• Make kids more noticeable to drivers by decorating their costumes with reflective tape and having them carry flashlights or glow sticks.
• Use crosswalks and traffic signals and look left, right, and left again before entering the street.
While children are especially at risk of a traffic accident, Halloween is a dangerous day for everyone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 54 people were killed on Halloween night in 2012, and nearly fifty percent of those fatalities involved a collision with an impaired driver. Pedestrians of all ages accounted for more than 28 percent of these deaths.
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