How to help keep children out of harm's way on Halloween

Suzanne Monaghan
October 30, 2018 - 8:27 am
Halloween Safety

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- For many kids, Halloween is one of the highlights of the year, but trick-or-treating comes with some risks. The biggest safety hazard might surprise some parents.

Tainted candy isn't the top concern, says Kristin Rosenthal with Safe Kids Worldwide.

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"When it comes to halloween safety, the biggest danger for kids is crossing the street and pedestrian safety," Rosenthal said.

She says children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.  

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"Every year there is a child who is hit and killed because they're out trick-or-treating and they get over excited," she explained. "They're not paying attention when they cross the street."

So make sure children 10 or younger are supervised and teach them to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Decorate costumes with something reflective, make sure costumes fit properly to avoid trips and falls and don't wear masks that can obstruct vision.  

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