KBEMS and KY Fire Commission urge Halloween safety tips

Oct 29, 2018

Contact:  Greg Hiles, Greg.Hiles@kctcs.edu, (859) 256-3469

Lexington, Ky. – Families, communities and children look forward to the fun and excitement of Halloween each year, but the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) and the Kentucky Fire Commission (KY FC) would like to remind everyone to celebrate safely, and to check local news sources as many cities and counties around the state are changing Trick-or-Treat schedules due to the possibility of inclement weather.

Did you know?

  • Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car or killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, and that October ranks second in motor vehicle deaths by month.
  • According to KSTARS (the Kentucky State Ambulance Reporting System) data, the 2017 Halloween week, Oct. 25-31, average daily incident count was 2,067, while the average daily incident count from Oct.1-24 was 2,002.

This Halloween, keep in mind these road and pedestrian safety tips:

  • Wear bright, reflective and flame-resistant costumes as lack of visibility because of low lighting or dark clothing can increase chances of pedestrian injuries or deaths;
  • Stay in a group, and carry a cell phone and flashlight;
  • Make sure adults accompany young children;
  • Let someone know where you are going;
  • Notify someone when you return;
  • Check any candy or items collected; and
  • Check all pathways to make sure they are clear.