GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Kids love the magic of Halloween; the costumes the make up and glow sticks. They're fun of course, but all of those props can be a problem for trick-or-treaters.
Leigha Jordan with Safe Guilford talked about the dangers and tips you should follow to make sure your kids are safe this Halloween.
Trick or Treat with an Adult:
Children under age 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are premature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep Costumes Creative and Safe:
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or tickets and, if possible, choose light colors.
Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween:
On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unprecedented ways.
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections on medians and on curbs.
Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
You can find more tips here. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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