Whether or not you choose to trick or treat with your kids, it's always good to review safety tips for being out at night. These are things to think about when you are in the driveway, or in front of your home; as well as the parking lot at school, church, or the local grocery store.
Obviously first and foremost is to be seen. Black or dark clothing, at night makes you pretty invisible, and children are already shorter, and easier to miss. Next is to not be dodging in and out of cars, those unexpected pop outs can lead to serious injury, or death.
A couple of less obvious things are keeping clear eyesight, and shoes that fit, and are tied. Wearing glasses if you need them is important, but so is not wearing sunglasses at night. Also being aware of any masks, or hats, or even hairdos that block vision. It might seem silly but if hair is blowing in the face, it can limit what a person is seeing, and they may miss a curb, or even an oncoming bicycle, or car.
Shoes are important, because you want to have a sure and steady step on ramps, curbs, and even sidewalks, or pavement.
Crossing at actual crossing areas, and not jaywalking saves lives. And often those areas are more likely to be lit, so it's easier to see, and to be seen.
Staying together is important too. A child that wanders a few feet away is a lot easier to spot in the daylight, than in the dark.
Lastly clothing, shoes, jackets, hats and backpacks that have some reflective tape on them are great! And you can purchase a roll of reflective tape at your local fabric store, cut it to the size you want, and iron it on to most any fabric. It's affordable, simple and it works. Yes you can wash it! Reflective tape also comes as a sew on option, or a stick on option.
Halloween or not - until next time, take care of YOU!
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Director of Over The Bay Pre-K