Halloween October 2013
1st October 2013
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Walk Safely

  • Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult. 
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  •  Walk don't run, across the street. 
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. 
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. 
  • Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings. 
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  •  Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. 

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be out at night without adult supervision. 
  • If kids are mature enough to be out on their own, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. 

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a childâs vision. 
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 

Double Check Candy and Costumes

  • Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. 
  • Remind children to eat only treats in their original, unopened wrappers. Candy should be thrown away if the wrapper is faded or torn, or if the candy is unwrapped. 
  • While glow sticks are good for visibility, remember that the liquid in glow sticks is also hazardous, so parents should remind children not to chew on or break them. 
  • Look for non-toxic designations when choosing Halloween makeup. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. 
  • Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. 
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. 
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. 
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
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