Tips to stay safe on Halloween

PHOENIX - Neighborhoods will be filled with children trick-or-treating Tuesday night which is why law enforcement wants everyone to pay extra attention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are more than twice as likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween compared to any other day of the year.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released the following safety tips:

Costumes:

  • Choose costumes that are bright or add reflective tape for greater visibility. 
  • Do not obstruct children’s vision. Make sure masks are secure or use make-up instead of masks. 
  • Costumes, wigs, and accessories should be flame resistant. 
  • Avoid long or baggy costumes to prevent tripping. 
  • Wear shoes that fit well for comfortable walking and to avoid a fall. 

Halloween night:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children. 
  • Carry a flashlight to be seen. 
  • Older children should travel in a group and know their plan in advance. 
  • Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches. 
  • Never enter a home or car for treats. 
  • Cross streets at corners, and never from between two vehicles. 
  • Watch for cars driving into or backing out of driveways. 
  • Do not eat treats until they are checked by an adult at home. 
  • Confine household pets for the evening and make sure that they are wearing collars with identification tags. 

Treats:

  • A responsible adult should closely examine all treats.Check for holes or loose wrappers. 
  • Don’t eat opened candy or other goodies. 

Driving: 

  • Avoid any distractions inside your car. 
  • Slow down, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, turn your headlights on earlier in the day, and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. 
  • Watch for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. 
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. 

 

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