For many parents and children, Halloween is a fun and enjoyable holiday, but many things can go wrong if several safety precautions are not taken.
Safe Kids coalitions, including the branch in Burke County, are affiliated with Safe Kids Worldwide to combat the causes of deaths among children caused by unintentional injuries. According to Safe Kids NC, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
“On Halloween, more children are on the street after dark than normal, and because of their excitement, they may run out into the street without thinking,” said Mike Causey, the North Carolina commissioner of insurance, who oversees Safe Kids NC. “We’re reminding parents to talk to their kids about how to walk safely and are asking drivers to take extra care and slow down on neighborhood roads to make Halloween happy and fun for all.”
Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Kids NC offer the following tips for those planning to participate in Halloween festivities.
» Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colored clothing.
» Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
» Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
» Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don’t dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
» Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
» Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
» It’s best to cross the street safely at corners. Always look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
» Drive slowly in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30-9:30 p.m.
» Be alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and curbs.
» Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office reminds parents to always have an accompanying adult with children under the age of 12.
“Check the sex offender registry at sexoffender.ncdoj.gov when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route,” said information from BCSO. “You can view maps that pinpoint registered sex offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood.”
It is recommended to travel in groups only in familiar areas along a planned route and not to eat any candy until children have returned home, the information said.
All children should know their home phone telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
Safe Kids NC reminds parents to use glow sticks, flashlights and reflective trick-or-treat bags to make sure kids are visible to drivers.
For more information about Safe Kids NC, visit http://bit.ly/2xv3NLn.