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Did you know that on average, twice as many kids are hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year? Kids will be out while it is dark - making it harder for drivers to see them. Because they are excited about getting candy, they may not be watching out for cars. Parents and drivers both need to do their part to help kids stay out of harm's way on Halloween.
Kids and parents should wear light colored clothing and use reflective tape, glow sticks, and flashlights. Remind your kids to always look both ways before crossing the street, use intersections and crosswalks, and make eye contact with drivers. Walk on the sidewalk when possible and avoid neighborhoods with poor lighting or are unfamiliar.
Kids will be excited to go trick-or treating and may forget to look for oncoming cars during their candy search. It’s important for drivers to drive slowly, turn car lights on, and be on the lookout for any kids darting into the street. Be especially aware around sunset. This is often when younger kids are going out and the sun can impair visibility.
Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
For more safety tips, visit Safe Kids.