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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween

Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for kids. Most of us can remember the excitement of dressing up and going door-to-door for enough candy to send a kid on a sugar high for months. It is a fun time. To keep it fun, here are a few tips to keep your little goblin safe on Halloween.

  • Talk to your kids about how to be safer on Halloween. Only 1/3 of parents talk to their kids about Halloween safety.
  • Dress your child in light colors if possible and make sure to use reflective tape on their costume.
  • Children under 12 years of age should only cross the street with an adult. On average, child pedestrian deaths double on Halloween night.
  • Teach your children to walk on sidewalks and always use traffic signals and crosswalks to cross the street. 
  • Remember to drive slowly and be especially alert on Halloween because children will be excited and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Be sure to inspect your child's candy and remove anything that is not in its original wrapper or looks like it has been tampered with.

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