Be Safe this Halloween!

Posted on October 12, 2011

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Halloween is fast approaching, and while candy and costumes can make for a great night, there are some risks that parents should watch out for. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids are 4.5 times more likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween night than any other night of the year. To help keep your family safe while trick-or-treating, there are a few precautions you can take.

  • There should always be at least one responsible adult chaperone around.  Kids may want to wander off on their own or run ahead of you, but they should be required to stick close to a grown-up who can alert them of cars coming, etc.
  • When crossing streets on Halloween, it is important to be just as vigilant checking for safety before crossing the street as on any other night. 
  • Travel in groups if possible
  • Wear brightly colored costumes and clothing, which will help drivers see you.
  • Carry flashlights, as it not only helps you see, but also makes you more visible to cars.
  • If you are going to be behind the wheel this Halloween, make sure you are very aware of your surroundings. Pay extra attention, especially in residential neighborhoods, as kids may be wearing dark costumes.

If we are all cognizant of our surroundings and our safety this Halloween, it is sure to be an excellent (and amusingly spooky) night.

Source: http://nnlm.gov/bhic/2011/10/12/httpnnlm-govbhicp18905/

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