Fall weather, spooky house decorations and candy stocked on the shelves signal that Halloween is just around the corner. As families plan for costume parties and trick-or-treating, Trams Am Ambulance offers safety tips to ensure everyone enjoys a safe and happy Halloween.
Halloween is the second most-popular family holiday with an estimated 41 million children participating in Halloween’s signature event – trick-or-treating. The activity often takes place after sundown, making the costumed children harder to see for motorists.
An insurance study revealed that over a recent 10-year period, the average number of fatalities of pedestrians under the age of 18 more than doubled on Halloween to 5.5 compared to 2.6 child deaths on other days of the year. The majority of the accidents didn’t occur at an intersection or crosswalk, and 55 percent of the victims were ages five to 15.
“Halloween is something children look forward to all year, but it’s also a holiday where they can be susceptible to injury,” said Todd Reisner, general manager of Trans Am Ambulance Services. “Many of these accidents involve motor vehicles. The children are focused on their candy and the next house and don’t always remember to look for cars. In the dark, motorists may not see the children. We have some tips on how you can prepare your family for a safe Halloween.”
Trans Am Ambulance Services offers these safety guidelines:
- An adult should always accompany trick-or-treaters on their candy rounds.
- Check the label of children’s costumes to ensure the fabric is flame-resistant.
- Costumes should be brightly colored so as to be easily seen. If not, add reflective tape to the front and back of the costume.
- Use a flashlight. Your child will both be able to see and be seen by others.
- Remove any mask or headwear item that could limit eyesight before crossing a street or driveway.
- Stay in a group.
- Stay in well-lit areas and only approach homes with a porch light on.
- Use the sidewalk, if available, and cross the street as a group in established crosswalks or intersections.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters, especially at dusk and after dark.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Homeowners preparing for trick-or-treaters should make sure the front porch and pathway are clear of hazards, such as fallen leaves, flower pots and hoses.
About Trans Am Ambulance Services
For more than 30 years, the Reisner family and the excellent Trans Am staff have provided the highest quality ambulance service to Cattaraugus County and the Village and Town of Cuba in Allegany County in west Upstate New York. The company also serves customers in McKean and Potter counties in northwestern Pennsylvania. Every Trans Am medical vehicle is staffed with highly skilled certified paramedics and EMTs who are trained in the latest lifesaving technology and emergency protocols. Trans Am is integrally connected to the fabric of the community. We understand we serve the community best when we support causes and events that matter to those who live here.
Trans Am is a regional branch of the national Priority Ambulance network.