Only one third of parents talk to their children annually about Halloween safety, and that lack of communication may lead to devastating outcomes.
On average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. According to a comprehensive study on Halloween safety sponsored by Fed Ex, 40 percent of parents allow their child to use one or more unsafe item on Halloween such as a mask, loosely fitting clothing, and / or a sharp object – any of which could contribute to falls, burns or pedestrian injuries. These are preventable hazards that could be avoided by following Safe Kids’ safety tips.
Another key finding of this report shows twelve percent of children five years of age or younger are permitted to trick-or-treat alone. Not only should these young children be accompanied by an adult, but it is also recommended by Safe Kids that no child under 12 years of age spend Halloween night navigating the streets unsupervised.
“It is alarming to hear that children ages five years and younger are trick-or-treating without adult supervision,” says Kate Carr, new president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “If they are old enough and mature enough, parents should make sure children go out in groups and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.” Furthermore, it is not recommended that an older sibling be responsible for supervising a young child as they can become easily distracted themselves, especially today with the proliferation of cell phones.