Harris County Hospital District Offers Halloween Safety Tips

HOUSTON (Oct. 15, 2010) – Spider-Man, Batman, Princess Fiona and the Incredible Hulk will soon crowd the streets and sidewalks of Harris County in search of treats. This year, Halloween falls on a Sunday, Oct. 31.  

The combination of Trick-or-Treaters and vehicles on the road increases the chances for automobile-related accidents up to four times more on this night, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Before setting off on the trail for goodies, Robin Garza, trauma program manager, Ben Taub General Hospital, part of the Harris County Hospital District, offers some safety tips for ghoulish walkers and drivers. 

Children in costumes darting from house to house and from street to street are a recipe for accidents, Garza said.

 Here are some safety tips for walkers and drivers: 

  • Don't text or use a cell phone while driving.
  • Pay close attention to crosswalks and intersections.
  • Look both ways before crossing a street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Drive under the speed limit in residential areas. Look for parents who follow their children in a slow-moving car or make frequent stops. 
  • If passing a slow-moving or stopped car, do so slowly and cautiously. 
  • Tell your child never to get into the car of a stranger. In the excitement of Halloween, children could confuse your car for someone else's car.  
  • Be alert for child predators. Always have a trusted adult in close proximity to your child. 
  • Tell your child never to accept candy from drivers or people walking in a neighborhood. 
  • Have your child carry a flashlight, a glow stick or reflective tape to be more visible to others. 
  • Never leave your children unattended in a car. If your child falls asleep in the car during the outing, do not leave them in the car. Make sure they make it home safely. 

Stay alert and be safe!

Some information is courtesy of the CDC.

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