Be Safe, Be Seen, this Halloween!October 24, 2014
This is the time of year that sees children dress in dark costumes and take to the streets in droves, it is the time of year for bad weather causing reduced visibility and sadly all these things can lead to car accidents. The lovely people at Co-operative Funeralcare have been working with schools around the country to give out reflective badges to the children in the hopes that they will help the kids be seen when out and about. They also put together this animated video which is great for the kids to watch.
You need to think how can my child be seen more easily?
Your child should wear bright or fluorescent colours during dull days. These could include special high-visibility tabards, fluorescent armbands that can be worn over coats and other clothing and bags that are available in bright colours or with high-visibility strips
Remember when it is dark it is hard for drivers to see your child so getting them to wear reflective clothing that shows under the light from cars or bikes is really important. You can get reflective armbands and clothing too. Remember that fluorescent colours which are good for during the day do not show up in the dark.
We all know that some of the older children may consider fluorescent and reflective armbands and clothing ‘uncool’ but you can get some pretty awesome stickers which can be put on bags, shoes or coats and allowing them to do this themselves may just pass the cool test.
Remember it is not just your child who needs to be seen and you should really think about making sure you are visible too.
The RAC Foundation recommends the following measures to make sure your Halloween is safe for all involved:
1. Parents, make sure your children know of the dangers and stay close by at all times;
2. All kids love a Halloween lantern or flashing accessory and it is a great safety feature for any costume
3. Drivers need to be extra vigilant as children will forget all the rules of the road in the rush to get more sweets. It is also a good time to check your lights and brakes!