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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.

Texting While Walking: A Dangerous Trend

Nobody would argue against the fact that our smartphones are an enormous convenience to us for communicating and accessing information on the go. And our children, "digital natives," have grown up with these technologies, treating them as a matter of second nature. Although these devices are undoubtedly useful to us, they can also distract us from realities of everyday life to the point of putting our safety at risk - and this has shown to be the case especially for teenagers.

Make Sure Soccer Goals Are Safe

When you think of keeping your children safe in soccer, perhaps thoughts of proper shin guards or ways to best avoid concussions come to mind. It's vitally important, however, not to overlook a major potential danger to life and limb on the playing field: the goalpost. From 1979 to 2014, there have been nearly 100 deaths and major injuries from goalposts toppling over. Just this past July, 15-year-old soccer player Jamie Palm of Bradford, Canada, lost her life to an improperly installed goalpost. All too often safety standards are not followed in the use of this equipment: a goalpost can weigh up to 500 lbs. and easily crush an adult or child.

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