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Parents, motorists urged to keep Halloween safe
On average, twice as many children are struck and killed by vehicles while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year, Jim Edson of Safe Kids New Hampshire said Tuesday.
"Just take that extra step to be a little bit more cautious. Nationally, it is the most dangerous night for kids (from) a pedestrian standpoint," he said.
All children under the age of 12 should have an adult with them, he said. "There are studies out there that say children just don't have the cognitive skills to cross the street safety until 12."
"If possible, wear face paint or makeup instead of masks," Edson said.
Along with road safety, parents should also remember to double check candy collected that night before letting their children eat it.
For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween, and throughout the year, visit www.safekids.org .
Costumes can be both creative and safe. The most important thing is to make sure you can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct your vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible. Carry glow sticks or flashlights so you can see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
Slow down and stay alert. Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don't dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
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