How to Keep Your Children Safe This Halloween?

Every year, the biggest number of missing or injured children rises around the Halloween night, according to the  State Farm Insurance  Company. I do not want to scare parents but Halloween is coming up this Wednesday and you have to be aware and prepared for safe trick-or treating. Annually State Farm educates kids and their parents on how to be safe every day of the year whether they are inside or outside of a car. Here are 7 ways that you can help ensure that every child on the road is safe!

7 TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR TRICK OR TREATERS SAFE ON HALLOWEEN:

(based on post from 5MintuesforMom.com)

1. Be on alert for children running in between parked cars and crossing the street in the middle of the block

2. Avoid tailgating. The car in front of you may be following along with children as they trick-or-treat

3. Use your car’s hazard lights to alert other drivers if you are dropping off your children.

4. Avoid distractions while driving. Turn the radio off, put away the smart phone and pull over if you need to direct attention to kids in the back seat.

5. Remember to slow down, especially in residential areas.It’s not worth jeopardizing your safety or the safety of our children.

6. Leave early. From school and local park district activities to neighborhood and family parties, Halloween can be an action-packed day. Leave yourself plenty of time so you don’t have to rush. Ten or fifteen extra minutes can make a big difference.

 

7. Encourage your children to carry a flashlight or wear reflective gear on their costume so they are more visible to people who are driving.

If you want to know more about the research that was done and how many fatalities actually occur every year, check out this Halloween infographic.

 

Stay safe and have fun trick -or-treating!

 

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