Children are twice as likely to be struck by cars and killed on Halloween than on any other day.
Halloween might be scary for different reasons than you think. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year. With a few tips and tricks, kids can stay safe while out walking. Safe Kids Tulsa Area urges parents to prepare their children to walk safely, and reminds drivers to be particularly alert this Halloween.
“On Halloween, more children are on the street after dark than normal, and they are so excited that they may run out into the street without thinking,” said Beth Washington of Safe Kids Tulsa Area. “Drivers should take extra care and slow down on neighborhood roads. And, of course, it’s very important that drivers put down mobile devices to avoid distraction.”
Children are encouraged to wear reflective material on Halloween night to increase their visibility to drivers.
“Parents need to talk to their children about watching out for cars while trick-or-treating,” says Beth Washington. “And make sure that their costume has something reflective on it so cars can see them. You could even have kids put on a glow stick necklace or a reflective slap bracelet.”
For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween and throughout the year, visit www.safekids.org.
About Safe Kids Tulsa Area:
Safe Kids Tulsa Area works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members include Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa Fire Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, local hospitals, AAA and many other local organizations. Safe Kids Tulsa Area is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Tulsa Area was founded in 1993 and is led by The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis. For more information, visit safekids.org or safekidstulsa.com.