On average, there are about 138-167 collisions in Toronto every day. On Halloween, that number skyrockets to 324 — that’s an additional 157 collisions on a night when the streets are full of children. Now that’s scary.
How can you keep your child safe on Halloween?
Keeping your little one visible and making sure their costume doesn’t blend in with the dark night sky is imperative. Drivers are only able to spot individuals in dark of black clothing from about 100 feet away; reflective gear can increase visibility for drivers by up to 700 feet. That’s about two whole football fields.
Take a look at how you can make sure your little one stays visible to drivers and others on the road, and a few more Halloween safety tips to keep in mind.
Making your child visible on Halloween
Accessorize with reflective tape
Accessorize your child’s costume with some reflective tape to make sure they’re seen by passersby. Adding a few strips on their jacket around their wrists, and some around the hem of their costume will make sure they don’t cross the street unnoticed.
Embellish with glow sticks
Glow sticks are a fun addition to the reflective tape. You can get necklaces, bracelets, and even make head-wear out of glow sticks. If your trick or treater is worried about the aesthetic of their costume, you can also get colours to complement their outfit.