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Ditch the mask this Halloween

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More than twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. than during the same hours of any other day of the year, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study. 

Here are some important tips to keep your ghosts and goblins safe while trick-or-treating:

For trick-or-treaters and their parents:

  • Children younger than 12 should trick-or-treat with an adult.
  • Remember to walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Cross at corners and watch out for cars backing up or turning.
  • Try to wear light-colored costumes. It helps to have your children carry glow sticks, bring flashlights or wear reflective tape or slap bands.
  • A costume shouldn’t be so long that a child can trip over it. In addition, face paint or makeup is always preferable to a mask that can limit a child’s vision.
  • Avoid having your child carry sharp costume props.

For drivers:

  • Turn on your headlights earlier in the day.
  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Enter and exit driveways slowly.
  • Remember that just because you can see a child, it doesn’t mean the child sees you.
  • Don’t drive distracted! Put down the smartphone and take out the ear buds.
SOURCES:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation

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