City of Lincoln - Lancaster County
Judith A. Halstead, MS, Health Director
Keep the fun in Halloween by being safe pedestrians and careful drivers. Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County urges parents to prepare children to act safely when walking and drivers to take extra precautions to protect pedestrians.
"Kids need proper safety instruction before they go out trick-or-treating," says Julie Anderson, Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County. Many kids will be out trick-or-treating while it is dark and more difficult for drivers to see them. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. For example, children younger than age 12 should not be alone crossing streets on Halloween without an adult. If older kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, parents should make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.
In preparation for Halloween, Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County will team up with Walk This Way program sponsor, Fed Ex, to provide kids with reflective materials to promote visibility, including zipper tags that can be attached to costumes and trick-or-treat bags, as well as important safety information to children, parents, and drivers. Zipper pulls are available October 26-28 at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3140 ‘N' Street 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. while supplies last.
Drivers need to be extra alert as there will be more children on the streets and sidewalks - and those kids may be focused on gathering candy and the excitement of the holiday rather than being careful while crossing streets. "Safe Kids and FedEx urge drivers to slow down on neighborhood roads to make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, but also to help save lives," added Julie Anderson.
While pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents and kids should also be careful when dealing with candy. "While kids never want to wait to dive into their candy, it is best to check sweets for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them," says Julie Anderson. "Remind children to only eat treats in original and unopened wrappers." For more Halloween safety tips, please go to safekidslincoln.org.