Halloween night is a fun and exciting time for kids of all ages; yet each year numerous children are injured or killed on Halloween night. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are twice as likely to be hit by a vehicle and killed on Halloween, then on any other day of the year. Common injuries on Halloween are slips, trips, and falls which are four times as likely to occur on Halloween then on any other night of the year. In addition to injuries, Halloween-related deaths occur among children as well due to the lack of adult supervision.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults and children aged 12 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine, but many trick-or-treaters aren’t eligible to get vaccinated yet. To help you enjoy a sweet and safe Halloween, remember to track local transmission rates, take precautions like wearing a mask and washing your hands, and avoid activities that put you and the children around you at increased risk for COVID-19.
Mayor Harry Rilling and Norwalk Fire Chief Gino Gatto advise parents and guardians to closely supervise children when participating in Halloween activities to protect them from unintentional injuries or worse. If you plan on trick-or-treating, please follow COVID-19 public health precautions, and remember the CDC advice for a SAFE HALLOWEEN:
Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in small groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult, and if going indoors, wear a face covering. Otherwise, stay outside.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Here are additional safety tips for the Halloween Weekend:
On the Road
For more information on Halloween Safety, visit:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov
Safe Kids Worldwide- www.safekids.org
National Fire Protection Association - www.nfpa.org
U.S. Fire Administration & Federal Emergency Management Agency- www.usfa.fema.gov