ACEP Offers Tips for Child Safety

In a news release, the American College of Emergency Physicians offered several safety tips on how to keep your Halloween safe for you and your children. According to the US Census Bureau, last year approximately 41 million children between the ages of 5 and 14-year-old participated in trick-or-treating, and they estimate roughly 161 million will be involved this year. And this year, many families are celebrating this holiday later in the week.

If you do plan on taking your children door-to-door in the tradition of hunting for candy, here are some general safety tips that can help to keep your family safe. These tips can be applied to building good pedestrian safety habits with children as well.

Always use flashlights, glow sticks and reflective tape or clothing to help make you and your children more visible to the surrounding drivers at night. The average vision of a driver drops a significant percentage at night, so being as visible as possible is essential to safety.

Parents should escort children down the block if they are younger than 12-years-old.

Do not allow children to run from house to house and remind them to always look both ways before crossing the street. As visibility decreases at night, so does reaction time for motorists. Walking and pausing before entering the pathways of vehicles, including in driveways, increases the chances for safety.

Walk on the sidewalk. Walking across lawns exposes you and your children to the tripping hazards of wires and ornaments.

Reinforce the rules of the street, only allowing children to cross at crosswalks and reminding them never to run between parked cars.

Dr. Sandra Schneider, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said, “Children should be having fun and spending time with family and friends. They should not have to spend Halloween in the ER because of some injury that could have been easily prevented.”

As an Everett personal injury lawyer, I hope that by making this information more readily available, you and your family will have a fun, safe Halloween night. If you’ve suffered injury due to the negligent actions of another, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your town.