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Halloween Safety Tips: Keep Halloween fun, not frightful.

Halloween is a wonderful night for witches and ghosts and princesses, for treats and parties and dressing up.  But, there is a fearsome aspect to Halloween; children are four times more likely to be killed in a pedestrian car accident on Halloween night than on any other night of the year.   Follow these safety tips to keep your little spooks and goblins safe.  
 
Safe Costumes
  
Make sure costumes are easily visible.  Choose light color.  Accessories such as glowing wands and light-up shoes are popular with children and increase visibility.  You can also add reflective tape (available at hardware and sporting good stores) to costumes, strollers and bags. 
Non-costumed adults should also consider visibility.  Add reflective tape to your own jacket.
Children should carry flashlights or glow sticks.  Sporting good stores also sell inexpensive, flashing red lights intended for bicyclists that can be clipped on a child’s costume or a stroller.
Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping and do not restrict movement.
Shoes should fit well and be easy to walk in.  Save the high heel, sparkly princess shoes for the party at school.
Make sure your child can see.  Use face paints and cosmetics rather than masks.  If masks are used, make sure they fit well and have large enough eye holes.  Masks should not restrict vision.
Make sure hats and scarves are secure so they don’t fall over children’s eyes.
If your little ninjas are carrying swords or knives, they should be short and made out of soft and flexible material.
 
Pedestrian Safety
 
Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
Trick-or-Treat in groups.  Never let older children go alone.
Go over safety rules with older children and teens.
Children should walk, not run.
Use the sidewalk, not the street.
Do not cut across yards or use alleys.
Cross at crosswalks and well-lit intersections.  Do not cross from between parked cars.
Warn children about dog bites.  Even friendly dogs may be spooked by Halloween costumes and bite.
Never enter the home or car of a stranger.
Carry a cell phone.

More Safety
 
Check all treats for tampering before they are eaten.  Make sure treats are factory wrapped.  Only accept homemade treats from people that you know well.
Watch out for candles.  Keep children and their skirts/sleeves/capes away from candle-lit decorations.  In your own home, consider battery powered or electric lights in jack-o-lanterns.  Never leave candles unattended.
Make your home safe for Trick-or-Treaters.  Turn on outdoor lights.  Remove obstacles such as hoses, toys, and wet leaves from the walkway and yard.  Restrain your pets.  
If you must drive on Halloween night, drive slowly.  Watch for unexpected pedestrians.  Stick to well-lit streets and give pedestrians the right of way.
Avoid distractions; do not text or use your cell phone.
Do not drink and drive.
 
Have a wonderful time!  The personal injury attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie wish you a happy and safe Halloween. 

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