Ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and other spooky decorations create the backdrop for the Halloween holiday. However, pedestrian injuries can be the true terror of Halloween. According to the United States Census Bureau, there were 41 million trick-or-treaters aged 5 to 14 across the United States in 2010, and this number doesn’t include older children who also go out trick-or-treating and may be more prone to distracted walking. With all these children out for Halloween, it’s important for us all to practice Halloween safety when walking and driving.
Traumatic Brain Injury Services at Regional Medical Center offers the following tips for a safe Halloween.
Safety Tips for Motorists:
- Watch for children darting out from between parked cars, as well as those walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
- Use extra caution when entering and exiting driveways.
- Never use your cell phone while driving.
- Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.
- Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
- Make sure trick-or-treaters carry flashlights to help them see and for others to see them.
- Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with your children.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.
- Walk, do not run, from house to house.
- Do not cross yards where unseen objects or uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
- Walk on the sidewalk, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
Source: National Safety Council