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Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is a thrill for kids - who wouldn't want to dress up in the costume of their favorite cartoon character or hero and scour the neighborhood for candy? We can all remember our own trick-or-treating adventures, ones that were fun and safe under the watchful eye of our parents. Despite children's excitement, though, today we have to exercise even more caution than our parents did. There's a good reason for such an approach; tragedy strikes hard on October 31st. According to research data, children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by cars on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

If you're taking your children out trick-or-treating, you want to keep them out of harm's way while still letting them enjoy the festive occasion. Given the heightened danger of auto-pedestrian accidents on this day, you'll have to be especially attentive to any traffic in your neighborhood, ensuring that you and your family are visible to motorists. And Halloween is actually a great time to reinforce safety rules to be observed year-round. Here are some streetwise tips for safe trick or treating applicable for all seasons:

  • Crossing: Cross the street at corners. Use crosswalks and follow the cues of traffic signals.
  • Left-Right-Left: Before crossing, look left, right and left again. As you're crossing the street, keep looking to avoid cars.
  • Heads Up: Put your cell phone down and keep your eye on your kids. Don't let your children play with electronic devices while walking, either: they're a huge distraction and greatly increase the likelihood of an accident.
  • Walk: Make sure your children walk rather than run down the street. You want drivers to see you and your family.
  • Use the Sidewalk: Always walk on sidewalks or footpaths whenever possible. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Emphasize direct routes with the fewest crossings for children.
  • Watch for Cars: Especially watch out for cars that are turning or back up, i.e. out of a driveway. Teach your kids never to run out into the street or walk in between cars.

Source: Safe Kids

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