Halloween – Keeping the Kids Safe

Halloween has been always an exciting time of the year for me. This was especially so as a kid. Since it falls around my birthday, I knew I would have candy, cake and ice cream for many days to come. Talk about a sugar high!

While the nostalgia warms my heart, we all know we need to be prepared to ensure a safe and happy Halloween night. Here some key areas to be prepared for in negotiating Halloween night.

Keep costumes safe

  • Choose light colors, reflective tape
  • Make sure it is the right size, to prevent trips and falls

Managing Vehicular Traffic

  • Cross roads at traffic signals and corners and use cross walks
  • Look left, right and left again before walking across road
  • Drivers – SLOW down, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic

Trick or Treat safely

  • Young children should be supervised by an adult
  • Make sure children know pertinent numbers and addresses, in case of separation
  • Teach children to say NO, in the event someone tries to get them to go somewhere not expected

Many more helpful hints can be found at the two links below:

http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC89.pdf

 Have a Fun and Safe Halloween!

Any questions regarding this, contact Jeffrey Hixon, CRM, ALCM, Vice President Risk Control and Claims at hixonjl@ecsinsure.com.

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