October is the first full month of Fall and the last day of the month is Halloween. It usually is a fun filled night for kids going trick or treating. However, there chances of being hit by a car are 4 times greater than any other night.
The (CDC)Centers for Disease and Prevention says that children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than on any other night. That is a scary thought. In an article on Healthfinder.gov it says that the Census Bureau estimates that 40 million children between ages 5 to 14 will be out trick or treating on Halloween night.
Dr. Sandra Schneider, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) said, " Children should be out 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". The ACEP offers several tips on keeping children safe on Halloween night. They include: At least one adult should chaperone the children and they should stay in a group. Kids should stick to walking on sidewalks and obey traffic signals.
All candy should be inspected by an adult before kids eat it. Children should trick or treat in familiar areas. They should avoid masks that block their vision and costumes that could cause them to trip. Those are just some of the common sense tips to keep children safe and have fun on Halloween night. The American Academy of Pediatrics also offers more Halloween safety tips on their website aap.org.