We think of costumes and parties more than pranks nowadays, when Halloween approaches. Most of us have in our memory banks at least one costume we can never forget, one that sticks in memory, usually because of the good times that went on around it. With such a focus on changing our appearance for the night, isn’t it curious that just seeing and being seen is at the top of many lists of holiday safety tips?
Halloween Safety Month is here to remind us of those simple points of care that can make a difference between a memory and a tragedy. The National Safety Council tells us that kids are twice as likely to be struck by a car and killed on Halloween as on any other day of the year. Stark reminders like that might be hard to take on a holiday that highlights magic and fun. Yet, maybe a reminder of what’s at stake can set the stage for an understanding of Halloween safety that sticks with us and becomes a family routine.
The stats and stakes look like this: According to the NSC’s report, Injury Facts 2017, 160,000 injuries requiring medical attention, and 6,700 deaths, occurred in 2015, the most recent year for which stats were available. And that’s just from Halloween encounters between pedestrians and motor vehicles.
Staying Focused Helps
Dashing from house to house often includes emerging suddenly from between parked cars. Spooky costumes are often dark. And lately, kids and their parents are too often accompanied by glowing, mobile screens they feel compelled to consult, diverting their attention not only from the fun, but from the awareness that might otherwise have helped to keep them safe.The solution? Lists of safety tips are abundant, but if lists are not your thing, then there’s a handy infographic created by the National Safety Council that puts a few of the key reminders in a non-threatening form: “Tips for a Spooktacular Halloween.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics, too, offers a list that begins with visibility, and includes a friendly video that’s worth watching as you consider your special role in caring for the children through this fun but risky celebration. And less formal, yet no less informative are the tips posted by Preparedness Mama (“Taking the scared out of being prepared.”) They include headings like Costume Rules, On the Sidewalk Rules, At the Door Safety Tips, and Before You Eat Safety Tips, as well as suggestions for activities that don’t necessarily include haunting door-to-door.
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