Let’s ensure the safety of our children tonight. Unfortunately, it’s a night where treats and excitement often get mixed with accidents and injuries. Many of these accidents and injuries can be avoided if children are provided with routine safety tips to better protect themselves, their friends, and their neighborhoods. Children are our most valuable resource.
- Never go into a stranger’s home.
- Plan out a route in advance with your parents and have a curfew.
- Carry a flashlight or glow stick so that cars can see you.
- Cross the street at corners. Use crosswalks and traffic signals.
- Walk on sidewalks. Walk facing traffic and as far to the left as possible.
- Never dart out into the street or cross the street between parked cars.
- Watch for hidden stairs in the sidewalk and curbs so that you don’t trip or fall – it’s dark out!
- Go trick-or-treating with an adult if you are under 12. Go with a group if you are 12 or older.
- Look at your candy before eating it. If it has been opened, don’t eat it!
- Do not eat homemade candy unless you know that family.
The National Safety Council has reported about 6,300 pedestrian deaths and 145,000 medical consultations for injuries in 2014 among pedestrians and motor vehicles. They also reported that darting out or running into the road was the predominant issue, accounting for about 70% of pedestrian deaths for the age group 5 – 9 years. 47% of these incidents involved 10 – 14 year olds.
October also ranked second for motor vehicle deaths by month.