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Halloween Safety Guide

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The scariest part of Halloween: the sugar highs. But candy aside, here’s how to stay safe.
It may be dark outside when you go trick-or-treating, If you can’t convince your kid that there’s a secret order of ninjas who wear only yellow, trim his costume and ┬ábag with reflective tape so he’ll be visible to drivers.

Keep costumes short
Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries, so watch out for long hems.
Save face
A mask can block your child’s peripheral vision (and can be a suffocation hazard for infants). Stick with nontoxic face paint instead.
Go with them
Kids under 10 aren’t old enough to trick-or-treat alone. Carry a flashlight with you and have your kids hold glow sticks (trust us, this one’s a snap).
Walk on
Enforce a strict “no running” rule, and use the sidewalk. If there isn’t one, walk on the street facing traffic, as far to the left as possible. Cross the street at crosswalks, Kids are twice as likely to be struck and killed by an automobile on Halloween than on any other night.
Be neighborly
Trick-or-treat in a familiar neighborhood. Stick to the homes of people you know when you can and never let your kids enter alone.
Fill up first
Feed your kids a hearty, early dinner so they’re not too tempted to sneak treats on the go.
Check it out
Look over all candy before your kids dig in to make sure it’s in original, unopened wrappers. Tots under 3 are at increased risk of choking, so remove any hard or gummy candies and chewy bars made with caramel, nuts, marshmallows, or raisins. (You can save those for yourself!)

Halloween Safety Driving Tips

Help protect trick-or-treaters by following these driving safety tips on Halloween!

  • Be especially careful between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. in your community when most kids are outside
  • Drive slowly and do not pass stopped vehicles.
  • Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you have stopped to call, text, or surf
  • Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street, anywhere and most young pedestrian injuries happen at locations other then intersections
  • Yield to Young Pedestrians. Children might night stop either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or they do not know how to cross the street safely.
  • Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals. If you have to pull over to drop off your kids, turn on your hazard lights

Source: National Highway Transportation Administration

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