Halloween is a time for enjoyment…not harm!
At PepperEyes, we believe your personal safety and protection plan should include a variety of knowledge, tools and techniques to keep you and your loved ones safe year round. Whether you’re a single, a young professional, or the head of your household – the best plan is one that evolves and is practiced over time and improves as new strategies and tools come on the market.
This Halloween, make sure your family’s experience is full of treats, not tricks, with these Top Halloween Safety Tips to include in your personal protection plan:
- Be Car Aware – Car accidents involving pedestrians see a sharp spike every Halloween – do not become a statistic! Make sure everyone is always looking both ways before crossing the street (hand-holding recommended but not required).
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars
- Adult Avoid Driving During Peak Trick-or-Treating Times – On the same note, play it cool for the night and stay off the road for a few hours while the little creatures roam. Pedestrian traffic and drunk-driving numbers are at an all-time high on Halloween night.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
- Keep Eye on Road, not your phone – Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Stay in Familiar Areas – Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Stick Together – Nobody wants to go looking for a missing Princess in the middle of the Halloween party, so keep an eye on your friends.
- Keep the Tricks to a Minimum – Not everyone shares the same Halloween spirit, so don’t turn your night of fun into a night of fright. Understand the dangers of “harmless” pranks like egging, ding-dong ditching, and scaring innocent trick-or-treaters. Your safety my depend on common sense.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
- Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
Keep your Pets Safe
- Keep your pet away from the front door – Dogs in particular need to protect their home and may bite bizarre looking visitors or become frightened.
- Ensure decorations cannot be pulled down – Your pets can become injured or entangled in your holiday and cause harm to themselves in their panic to get free.
- Do not take your pet with you in the care while your child(ren) are trick-or-treating – Scarry creatures of every size and shape walking by the car may be very frightening to your pet sitting in a dark car. Your friendly pet may become not-so-friendly.
- Do not give your pet candy – certain treats like chocolate, caramel apples, or other chemicals can be lethal to your pet.
- Keep your pet in a safe location – There are lots of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured or stolen pets in their yard or have freed them to roam outside at night.
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