ISVA Taste of the Village - October 26, 2019 - 12pm to 3pm
Halloween & Trick-or-Treat Safety
The Woodlands and Indian Springs residents love the excitement of Halloween events like trick-or-treating, parties and visits to the neighborhood haunted houses. During this fun, we must be cautious and aware of the safety concerns.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2015, about 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents. About 17% of those pedestrian deaths occurred when they improperly crossed roads or intersections. Jumping or running into the road accounted for about 15% of deaths in kids ages 5 to 9 and 7% for those 10 to 15. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, and October ranks second in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,550.
To help ensure everyone is safe on this ghoulish holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics compiled a list of Halloween Safety Tips.
- Young children should be accompanied by an adult during neighborhood rounds
- Plan and review an acceptable route for older children going alone
- Agree on a specific time children should “check-in” and be home
- Remind children to never enter a stranger's home or car
- Advise children to travel in a group in familiar, well-lit areas
- Return home before eating any candy or treats
- Use only fire-resistant costumes, wigs and accessories
- Avoid costumes that can obstruct their vision
- Use reflective tape on their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
- Make sure make-up is nontoxic and test it in a small area first
- Remove makeup before bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
- Remind everyone to put devices down, keep heads up and walk across the street.
Anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat please watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully, watch for children in dark clothing, and discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving.