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Oct 31

Halloween – have fun but keep safe

On average, officials say twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween than on other days of the year.

Parents need to talk to kids about safety before they go out trick-or-treating. Remember most children will be out trick-or-treating while it is dark, when it is more difficult for drivers to see them.

Top safety tips for parents:

Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic lights and zebra crossings. Look left and right when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

Walk across streets, don’t run. AND always look before crossing.

Walk on pavements or paths. If there are no prevements, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

Slow down and stay alert – watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.

Don’t use your mobile phones or have ear plugs which can distract you further.

Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible instead. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.

Top safety tips for drivers:

Drive extra slowly this evening especially around residential homes.

Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at cross roads, or as walking down the pavements. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone ( which is illegal anyway!) or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

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