Going trick-or-treating? 21 safety precautions to take while out on Halloween

If you are planning on taking your children trick-or-treating, follow these safety precautions for a fun Halloween:
1. Follow the CDC’s guidelines to ensure your celebrations are safe during the pandemic. Click here for 21 tips.

COSTUMES

2. Opt to wear a Halloween-themed face covering, instead of a costume mask. 
3. All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
4. If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags.
5. When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first. Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.

WHILE WALKING

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.
6. Make sure you are seen! Wear reflective tape, use glowsticks or carry a flashlight. Watch how some kids do it below:
7. Practice social distancing from groups that are not part of your own household.
8. A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds.
9. If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you. 
10. Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
11. Agree on a specific time children should return home.
12. Children and adults put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
13. Cross at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
14. Teach children to say “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.
15. The Red Cross that you bring hand sanitizer with you while trick-or-treating and use it after touching objects or other people. Wash your hands when you get home.

WHILE DRIVING

16. Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
17. Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
18. Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
19. Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
20. Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
21. Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.

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