Light Up Halloween, Urges Child Safety Group
Make your kids costumes "glow" so drivers can see them in the dark
As your little ghouls, goblins and princesses head out the door on Halloween, there’s one scare you don’t want: A near-miss or collision with a car. It’s a sad fact, but twice as many kids are hit by cars on Halloween compared to any other day of the year.
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Safe Kids Worldwide’s “Be Seen on Halloween” infographic calls on parents to help prevent these tragedies. To be sure drivers see your kids as they run across roadways and dart from house to house, Safe Kids suggests making them extra-visible with items like these:
- Glow sticks
- Reflective wristbands or tape
John Drengenberg, consumer safety director at UL, concurs. “A lot of kids like to dress like ghouls and zombies,” he told SafeBee in a discussion of Halloween safety. “Those are dark costumes, so put some reflective tape on them or on their bags so they will be seen when crossing the street.” It's also a good idea, he says, to give each kid a glow stick and a flashlight with fresh batteries.