The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper wishes you and your family a hauntingly happy Halloween, and we encourage children of all ages to be careful when taking to the trick-or-treat trail. Because most injuries happen to youngsters while they’re walking from house to house on Halloween, here’s a play-it-safe game plan to share with your own ghosts and goblins before they head out into the night:
- Carry a flashlight and place reflective tape on costumes or trick-or- treat bags to be more visible to motorists.
- Carry a mobile phone and know how to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
- Travel in groups and communicate to one another where you’ll be going.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. When there’s no sidewalk, walk at the far edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or at exit driveways.