To promote Halloween safety Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard will host Safe Kids of Otsego County on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The agency will provide safety tips, reflective Halloween bags, zipper pulls and wrist wraps to visitors.
“Parents need to remind kids about safety while walking before they go out trick-or-treating,” said Rich McCaffery, a community educator with Bassett Healthcare Network and Safe Kids of Otsego County, in a news release. “Children should bring flashlights or glow sticks with them, carry reflective bags, or have reflective tape or stickers on their costumes, so as to increase their visibility to drivers. Children should not wear masks that may inhibit their ability to see hazards. Ensuring kids are seen this Halloween is essential to keep this holiday fun for everyone.”
Safe Kids recommends children younger than 10 years of age do not trick or treat without adult supervision. If children are mature enough to go trick or treating without supervision, make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.
Parents should also remind children to:
• Cross streets safely. Cross at a corner using crosswalks and obey traffic signals. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Look left, right and left again when crossing, and continue looking while crossing. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
• Walk on well-lit sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk in familiar areas with minimal street crossings.
• Be a safe pedestrian around cars. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Drivers need to do their part to keep trick-or-treaters safe from harm. Safe Kids recommends that drivers:
• Be especially alert. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.
• Drive more slowly. Slow down and anticipate heavier than usual pedestrian traffic.
• Turn lights on. Be sure to drive with full headlights on so children can be spotted from greater distances.
Although pedestrian safety is the main concern on Halloween, parents need to keep in mind there are other hazards for their children on this holiday. Parents must check treats for choking hazards or signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. Safe Kids of Otsego County suggests parents look for non-flammable costumes and non-toxic designations in Halloween makeup, and make sure their children wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls. Children should only go to homes where the residents are known and where outside lights are on as a sign of welcome.