Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, parents, family, neighbors, and friends should follow some simple tips. These tips are provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we work here and many of us live here, so we’re always happy to provide information that can help the residents of this great city.
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remember to stay in a group and communicate where you are going. Use reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags and remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
When crossing the street, do it as a group in established crosswalks and never cross between parked cars or out of driveways. Please don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters, and just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center supports having a healthier community and suggests families have a healthy meal before going to parties or out trick-or-treating. This can help youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats. Also, wait until children are home to eat treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items. Once the treats are checked, you may want to try to ration treats for the days following Halloween. Halloween Safety Tips ·
See and be seen - wear light colored clothing and costumes. Also, wear an appropriately sized costume to prevent tripping on overly large costumes. ·
Remove any masks or costume pieces that may impede visual field before crossing the street. ·
Take a flashlight. Not only do they light the way, they also make you more visible to drivers. ·
Walk and don’t run. ·
Don’t cut corners – cross at corners where you can be seen by drivers, and may have access to a cross walk. Do not cross between parked cars or mid -lock. ·
Hold hands – hold a small child’s hand when crossing the street or when near the street/curb. Small children are impulsive and can easily dart in front of a moving vehicle. ·
Make eye contact – never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with the driver before entering the street or crosswalk. ·
The CDC recommends parents assist children with crossing the street up to age 10. Before age 10 children do not possess the cognitive ability to recognize and process factors necessary for safe street crossing.Enjoy a fun and slightly scary Halloween!
-From the ghosts and ghouls at Anderson Behel!