It’s that time that of year - Halloween is here WNY!
Which means from costumes, to trick-or-treating, kids of all ages will be out in bunches bouncing house to house to collect their goodies. But, to ensure fun is had by all, safety must also be remembered by all.
Several child-friendly organizations including, The American Academy of Pediatrics and Safe Kids Worldwide are collaborating with local law enforcement to ensure a ghoulish good time is had by all this Halloween - from kids to adults.
When it comes to Halloween Safety Tips, Officer Paul Nazzarett with Cheektowaga Police shared, it’s important to remember that kids are more importantly focused on having good time, which means, adults it’s crucial to keep their safety in mind.
“Drivers need to practice extra precaution. Drive slowly, especially in residential neighborhoods where kids are more likely to be bolting across the street. They are likely more unaware of you than you are of them.”
Studies show kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Some other tips for drivers to consider: take extra time at intersections, medians & on curbs, enter and exist driveways slowly and carefully, eliminate additional distractions during peak hours (i.e. cell phones, loud music), and keep in mind the busiest hours kids are likely to be out and about.
When it comes to costume safety, be creative but be aware. Consider these tips…always make sure costumes - head to toe - are fire resistant.
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape to help visibility, choose light clothing (if possible), aim for non-toxic makeup (if possible), choose masks and costumes that don’t obstruct kids’ vision and breathing, and make sure kids are easily able to walk.
When it comes to heading out the door for trick-or-treating, keep these tips in mind: kids under the age of 12 should always be supervised by an adult.
Those old enough to go without supervision should always be in groups and aware of the “do' & dont's.”
For example, never approach homes with no lights on, never enter a person’s home, parents should look throw all candy before consumed and talk to your kids about being aware of their surroundings well before they get ready for the night’s festivities.
“We will be out patrolling, as will other departments,” Officer Nazzarett said. “You might even see some Cheektowaga Police in costume, remember we are here to help.”
Prime treat-or-treating hours are typically between the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
If you or your kids have any concerns, be sure to call 9-1-1 immediately.