Halloween is coming this week, and the fall colors are all around us. This is a beautiful time of year, and we should all enjoy a fun holiday such as Halloween. Times are different than when I was out as a child in my neighborhood collecting my share of candy. We insurance brokers are always concerned with the “what if this happens” in life situations, and how to protect ourselves from harm. Halloween has some very interesting safety statistics we need to keep in mind. There are several great websites about Halloween safety, and I am going to quote a few facts here from www.safekids.org Here are some scary statistics they have–
1.) Only 1/3 of parents talk to their children annually about Halloween, although 3/4 report having Halloween safety fears.
2.) On average, TWICE an many children pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.
3.) Only 18% of parents use reflective tape on their children’s Halloween costumes.
4.) 12% of children five years of age or younger are permitted to trick- or- treat alone.
All parents should talk to their goblins of all ages and here are a few simple tips–go to www.safekids.org/halloween for more great help
1.) Children under 12 should trick-or-treat AND cross streets with an adult.
2.) Always walk on sidewalks or paths-if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far to the side as possible.
3.) Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
4.) Drivers should slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
We all want to have fun and lets all be mindful of some simple, common sense rules that may save a life! May our worst fear be our next dental visit or our waist lines after eating too much candy!