Safe Kids Clark County News Articles
Written on Saturday, October 14th, 2006
October 14 Checkup Event Cancelled
The car seat checkup event scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2006, at the Henderson Safety Expo at Horizon Town Center has been cancelled due to the bad weather. While we can work in light rain, we can’t take a chance with thunder and lightning and the organizers of the Expo decided to cancel the event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Since over 98% of Clark County car seats are installed and used incorrectly, we hope you will join us at one of our upcoming events.
Children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. Parents should discuss the following safety tips with their children before leaving the house for trick-or-treating:
- Decorate costumes, bags and sacks with reflective tape and stickers.
- Use costumes that are light or bright enough to make children more visible at night.
- Consider using glow sticks to make yourself more visible.
- Teach children to walk, not run, while trick-or-treating.
- Remind children to stop at all street corners before crossing. Tell them to cross streets only at intersections and crosswalks.
- Teach them to look left, right and left again before crossing the street and to continue looking both ways as they cross.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods.
- Look for pedestrians at intersections before making turns.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
For younger kids
- Adults should accompany children under age 12 on their trick-or-treat rounds.
- Attach the name, address and phone number (including area code) of children under age 12 to their clothes, in case they get separated from adults.
- Parents should bring treats home and check them to ensure that items have not been tampered with and are safely sealed.
For older kids
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along a pre-established route.
- Instruct children never to enter a home or an apartment building unless accompanied by an adult.
- Remove breakable items or obstacles such as tools, ladders and children's toys from your steps, lawn and porch.
- Keep walkways, steps and landings well-lit.
Halloween can indeed be scary, with not only a rise in pedestrian injuries but also an increase in falls and burns among children. As parents and children take time to construct costumes and decorations, the following precautions can help keep trick-or-treaters free of fall- and burn-related injuries.
- Apply face paint or cosmetics directly to the face. They are safer than a loose-fitting mask that can obstruct a child's vision.
- Dress children in shoes that fit. Adult shoes are not safe for trick-or-treaters, because they make it easier to trip and fall.
- Teach children not to cut across yards. It’s hard to see hazards like lawn ornaments and rocks in the dark.
- Look for "flame resistant" labels on costumes, masks, beards and wigs.
- Use fire-resistant material when making costumes.
- Avoid costumes made of flimsy material and outfits with big, baggy sleeves and skirts.
Have a safe and happy Halloween from your Safe Kids Clark County Coalition!
Changes at Checkup Events
Beginning with our October 2006 events, SKCC will start limiting vehicles served to 40 at each event. Our volunteers have been overwhelmed by the success of every event and are pleased to help Clark County children ride safely; however, in order to give each parent the individual instruction needed to correctly install car seats, we must limit the number of people we serve.
If you feel you haven't learned how to install and use your car seat while at our checkup event, please ask to be shown again. We want to make sure that all of your questions are answered and that you are comfortable installing your car seat. Thank you for taking the time to make sure your child is riding safely and for supporting Safe Kids Clark County!