Wishing Everyone A Safe And Happy Halloween

Children and parents have spent so much time over the last few weeks preparing costumes and planning for Halloween night. This is a great time of year for families to collect candy from neighbors, tell ghost stories, go on haunted hayrides, or partake in any number of fall activities in the Finger Lakes Region. But in the midst of all the festivities it’s critically important to remember to remain vigilant and stay safe.
According to research experts, there are more pedestrian accidents involving children on Halloween than any other day of the year. A 20-year study found that on Halloween, the most accidents occurred between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., because as the sun sets, it becomes more difficult for drivers to see kids dressed in dark costumes.
To remain visible, remember to dress children in brightly-colored or reflective costumes, add reflective tape to trick-or-treat bags and make sure children and their escorts have flashlights. Make safety a top priority when choosing costumes for children. Masks with small eyeholes can make it difficult for kids to see. If possible, use non-toxic face paint instead of a mask as a safe alternative.
Studies also indicate that the drivers most likely to be involved in accidents on Halloween are between 16 and 25 years old. If you’re a parent of a teenage driver, please remind them to use extra caution and take their time getting wherever they are going. With all the excitement it’s easy for kids to forget basic safety rules. Remind them to look both ways before crossing the street and that they should never try to cross the street from between parked cars.  
To ensure trick-or-treaters remain safe on your property, make sure your steps and walkways are clear of slipping or tripping hazards such as wet leaves, garden hoses and toys. Make sure sidewalks and doorways are well-lit to make it easier for people to see where they are going. Additionally, homeowners with dogs should take care to ensure they don’t knock down or scare an unsuspecting child.
For additional Halloween Safety tips, visit: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips.

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