By Al Sunshine, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Consumer Investigator, Oct. 28, 2015 – If you think Halloween this year may be safer than years past because it’s over the weekend…..think again. Triple-A says Weekend Holidays can be even worse than during the week. They have a warniing that could potentilly save lives:
Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Slow down and be especially alert in residential areas. Children may unexpectedly dart out in the street or from between parked cars.
Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they will be harder to see at night
Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
Drive sober. Over 40 percent of fatal crashes on Halloween night involve a drunk driver. Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink.
Parents are encouraged to walk children door to door while trick-or-treating, showing children safe places to cross the street.
Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12
Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.
Bring a flashlight to help trick-or-treaters see and be seen.
Pick a costume that is safe for your child to move in and see out of. Buy costumes and wigs labeled “flame resistant.”
Cross the street and corners using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look both ways between crossing and keep an eye on the road while you are crossing.
Wear light colored clothing or costumes with reflective material or tape for the best visibility. Consider using nontoxic face paint instead of masks to avoid obstructing vision.
Stay in familiar neighborhoods.Only visit homes that have the porch light on and never go into a stranger’s house.
Always have an adult check your treats before you eat. Discard anything that looks like it has been unwrapped or tampered with.
For additional tips to keep Halloween safe, visit Halloween Safety