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AAA Halloween safety tips

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As Halloween approaches, AAA East Central reminds parents, trick-or-treaters and motorists to observe some very important safety tips when they are out in the evening this week.

"Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, motorists and parents must be even more alert," said Lori Cook, safety advisor, AAA East Central. "Motorists should watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they'll be harder to see at night," she added.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the numbers of deaths among young pedestrians aged 5-14 years is fourfold higher on Halloween evening (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) when compared with the same time period during all other evenings of the year.

Parents

  • AAA recommends that parents accompany young trick-or-treaters at least until the age of 12.
  • Since children are small and often hard to see even in well-lit situations, it is important to be sure a child's Halloween costume is flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.
  • Review trick-or-treating precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow. Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never enter a stranger's home or garage.
  • Have children wear disguises that don't obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.  
  • Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Parents and trick-or-treaters should cross streets only at the corner, and never between parked cars or mid-block. Be sure that approaching cars come to a complete stop before stepping into the roadway.

Motorists

  • If possible, try to avoid cutting through residential areas where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals. The risk of killing a pedestrian increases more than many people realize with just small increases in speed.
  • Be aware that trick-or-treaters may not be paying attention to traffic and may cross mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Motorists should scan far ahead when driving in residential areas, watch for children and cautiously monitor their actions. Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit organization with 80 local offices in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and New York, servicing 2.6 million members.

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