|Halloween Safety Tips from All Children's Hospital|
On a potentially dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians, the Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition at All Children's Hospital urges parents to prepare children to act safely and motorists to take extra precautions. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.
Harris Interactive recently conducted a poll of 935 parents with children ages 12 and younger to assess their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to Halloween safety.
More than one in nine (12%) parents report that their child ages 5 years or younger is permitted to trick-or-treat without adult supervision.
Only one in three (31%) parents express fears about child pedestrian injuries on Halloween night, despite the excess risk of walking on or near streets in the dark.
"Kids need proper safety instruction before they go out trick-or-treating," says Safe Kids Coordinator Jean Shoemaker of All Children's Hospital. "Many kids will be out trick-or-treating while it is dark and thus more difficult for drivers to see them. There are several simple and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk or injury. For example, children younger than age 10 should not be alone crossing streets on this night without an adult. If older kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, parents should make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting."
Drivers need to be extra alert as there will be more children on the streets. Motorists are urged to slow down on neighborhood roads to make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, but also to help save lives.
Top safety tips Safe Kids recommends for parents:
Top safety tips Safe Kids recommends for drivers:
While pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents and kids should also be careful when dealing with candy. "While kids never want to wait to dive into their candy, it is best to check sweets for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them," says Dr. Joseph Perno, All Children’s Hospital trauma physician. “Remind children to only eat treats in original and unopened wrappers."