Spooky Safety (1)

It will soon be Hallowe’en! And on that night between 3pm and midnight, there will be an average of 400 vehicle crashes and at least 120 injured people and that’s just in B.C. That’s one injury every five minutes, for 9 hours. Ouch. None of us want our kids to become an ICBC statistic, so read on….

halloween bats

On Foot?

  • Be Safe: Be Seen. Sure the spookiest costumes are often the darkest, but does everything have to be midnight black? Get a glow in the dark bucket, reflective tape for shoes, or something else to make your little monsters easily seen.
  • Don’t be a Bat. Bats don’t need their eyes to ‘see’ in the dark, but your gremlins do. Make sure they can actually see the oncoming traffic through that mask.
  • Listen up! There are wailing ghouls and howling wolves a-plenty. You don’t need an iPod to prevent you hearing the cries of ‘look out!’
  • How many spooks can you fit in one porch? As many as possible – bigger groups are easier to see. Just make sure there are enough adults with the kids.
  • Haunted House: The best ghosts haunt quiet houses, not busy highways. Take a lesson from them and route-plan to avoid busy roads if you can.

Flying Fast?

  • Be aware of the number of Kreepy Kids out tonight. Slow down and expect them to do something risky. It’s all too tempting to run across the road for a tricky treat – so just expect it to happen. Be especially careful of driveways and other entrance areas where kids may be running in or out in search of loot.
  • And if you’re partying hard, make sure there are plenty of options for your guests to get home safely.

Thanks to ICBC

About Tony Howarth

Tony is a First Aid & CPR Instructor Trainer with Sea 2 Sky Safety Training Services and the company founder. Tony started with the British Red Cross in 1994. Has acted as first aid attendant for hundreds of events & treated many hundreds of people as a result. He is experienced in training a wide range of courses. He previously worked as an ambulance attendant with the British Red Cross. He is now in BC as a first aid instructor, and an instructor trainer (one who trains others to become instructors) Finally, Tony works at UBC Hospital as a pharmacist when not busy training safety
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