HALLOWEEN SAFETY RELIES ON GOOD VISIBILITY
On Halloween, an assortment of ballerinas, clowns, ghosts, and other goblins will have their eyes on just one thing-candy. Roaming dimly lit neighborhoods is part of the fun for children in pursuit of treats, but it can also be dangerous.
Trick-or-treaters and parents need to remember that on Halloween, to be safe, you must be seen. Studies have shown that a child's risk of injury or death as a result of being hit by a car doubles around Halloween.
Incorporate these simple precautions into the evening's festivities to ensure Halloween safety:
- Dress children in light-colored costumes or adhere reflective tape to the costume's fabric and accessories. Make sure children and adults are visible to passing cars.
- Eliminate masks from among the costume's accessories. Masks can get in the way of clear vision and can increase the chances of tripping or running into objects.
- Hypoallergenic make-up is a safer alternative. Take care in keeping make-up away from the eyes.
- No trick-or-treater should go in search of treats alone. Children move through darkened neighborhoods more safely if accompanied by an adult.
- Approach only doorsteps that have a porch light lit. Similarly, if you plan to pass out treats, be sure to turn on your light.
- Pedestrians think they are more visible to drivers than they actually are, so remind trick-or-treaters to look both ways before crossing streets and to stay with the group.
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