Pedestrian Safety on Halloween
by Larry D. Jones, MPH, Health Director
Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Do you remember ember the excitement of picking out a costume? Or the thrill of going through your bucket, filled to the brim with candy, as soon as you got home? And trying to eat as much of your favorite candies as you could before you went to bed?
Times are different now, and with Halloween right around the corner, it is important that both parents and children know how to stay safe while having fun.
To keep Halloween night as thrilling as it should be, keep these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in mind to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters.
Follow these guidelines to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone!
Keeping children—and all pedestrians—safe is also the responsibility of the entire community. Through the Building a Healthier Independence initiative, the Independence Health Department is working to improve pedestrian safety, especially for our children.
The City’s Public Works Department has been a great partner in this project, building more than 12 miles of new sidewalks and trails and repainting more than 290 crosswalks near schools. They also keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from stop signs so that drivers are able to see them more easily.
For more information on the Building a Healthier Independence initiative, go tohttp://www.buildingahealthierindependence.org/ or like us on Facebook.
For more information on Halloween Safety Tips for children, visit http://www.aap.org/ and search Halloween safety tips.