This Halloween, be safe and be seen

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  • By Tech. Sgt Bradley Gray
  • 17th Training Wing Safety

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Halloween holiday is just around the corner. Let us ensure all the superheroes, princesses, ghosts and goblins are safe by ensuring they can be seen.

Halloween night can be quite dangerous for children because they are more likely to engage vehicle traffic as they travel from house to house. This is especially true during hours of darkness. Make it easy for drivers to see our trick or treaters as they search out all the candy the night has to offer. Here are some ideas: flashlights, glow sticks, reflective tape and wristbands. Making your child more visible will increase their safety greatly.

Here are a few more Halloween safety tips from the Safe Kids Worldwide Org:       

Walk Safely

  •    -Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  •    -Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  •    -Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  •    -Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest  street crossings.
  •    -Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  •    -Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Costumes for a Safe Halloween

  •    -Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  •    -Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  •    -When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 



Lastly, if parents are letting someone else take their kids out on Halloween, make sure it is a responsible adult. Talk to your trick or treaters about general safety: don’t go inside of the houses, to backyards, sheds or cars. Don’t try to pet other people’s dogs or cats.

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