Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A recent survey released by Safe Kids Worldwide (SafeKids.org) shows that a rather small number of parents discuss Halloween Safety issues with their children.
According to the study, conducted by Harris Interactive, shows that almost 90% of parents surveyed say their children participate in Halloween activities, but only about 35% talk safety Halloween night every year.
Another alarming statistic: About 12% of parents surveyed say they have allowed their younger children, aged 5 years and younger, to go Trick-Or-Treating without adult supervision.
Some tips that Safe Kids World Wide is suggesting:
- Trick-or-Treaters should always walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Parents should decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light colored costumes that fit properly.
- Choose face paint and make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision. Look for non-toxic designations when choosing Halloween makeup.
- Avoid carrying sticks, swords, or other sharp objects.
- Drivers should slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
For additional tips on ways to keep your kids safe this Halloween, visit the Safe Kids Worldwide website, and read more of their study.