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KEEP YOUR NIGHT OF FRIGHT SAFE
With These Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
If you think the greatest danger your child will face trick-or-treating this Halloween is candy that has been tampered with, you’re wrong. According to the National Safety Council, “Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a vehicle and killed than any other day of the year.”
direction as traffic. Don’t let your kids dart out into the street, and, when you do have to cross the street, do so at corners and designated crosswalks. Trick-or-treating is a time for parents to be vigilant, so keep your cell phones in your pockets. If your older children are going out without you, they should always go with a group on a route that has been planned beforehand. Give them a curfew, and tell them to stay in well-lit areas and out of any unfamiliar houses or vehicles. DRIVING ON HALLOWEEN Parents and children can only do so much to stay safe on Halloween night. If you’re driving through residential areas or along any street children might use to get from house to house, extra caution is the name of the game. Anticipate lots of pedestrian traffic in residential areas between the times of 5:30–9:30 p.m. Take extra care when backing out of driveways, parking lots, or alleys, and take extra time to
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While Halloween should absolutely be a time for kids to dress up, walk the neighborhood, and enjoy some sweet treats, parents should not ignore some of the very real dangers as they accompany their children. So, if you want to keep your little monsters safe on their prowl for chocolate and sugar, there are some ways you can make sure the night is scary for all the right reasons. PREPPING THEIR COSTUMES Halloween safety begins with preparing your child’s costume. For starters, you should help them make sure the costume fits properly to prevent any tripping. Try to avoid masks, as they can obstruct your child’s vision. Instead, try to use nontoxic face paint. If possible, incorporate bright colors into what your child will be wearing, but at least put reflective tape and stickers on their clothes and bags so that cars will see them along the road more clearly. Kids should also carry glow sticks or flashlights, so they can better see where they’re going. WALKING THE NEIGHBORHOOD Parents should always accompany younger children when they go trick-or-treating. Always keep your kids walking on the sidewalks or on the far side of the road, moving in the same
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look for trick-or-treaters. Keep distractions in your vehicle at a minimum, and always keep your eyes on the road — kids don’t always move predictably.
Trick-or-treating should be an evening of fun for kids all over the city, where the biggest danger they might face is a stomach ache the following morning. While the dangers are very real, they shouldn’t be a reason to worry about going out around their neighborhood in the evening. So long as parents, children, and drivers keep these safety tips in mind, every ghoul, cowboy, princess, and firefighter should get home without a fright.
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