Halloween Fun and Safety
Candidates and Clients beware – you may consider job hunting or talent seeking a scary proposition, but it pales in comparison to being surrounded by mini superheroes, Disney characters, and masked creatures – or “scarier” yet – witches and goblins. Yes, it’s that time of year again – when you flip the porch lights go on and grab the bag of goodies you bought – not counting, of course, the ones you stashed away for yourself.
Unfortunately, this fun and often funny event that brings out the kids and the kid in us can turn into a real nightmare. So pay attention to these smart tips from
Halloween Safety Tips
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Trick or Treat with an Adult
Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without direction, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Favorite trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
The National Safety Council also offers tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Go ahead – join the fun – be a kid again – but do it safely. Happy trick or treating from the folks at AllianceStaff – the OneWord in staffing for the Greater Milwaukee Area. Contact us today and discover how we can help you put a real treat in your bag.