Halloween is just around the corner, and – depending on your neighborhood – large numbers of trick-or-treaters will be out after the sun goes down. Here are 10 safety tips from AAA for your family to keep the little hobgoblins safe.
• Be bright (not talking smart), be seen. Carry a flashlight so you can see uneven pavements and cars will see you. Use reflective stickers on costumes or treat bags.
• Masks can block your vision; chose face paint instead.
• Shoes and costumes should fit well and be the proper length to prevent trips or falls.
• Accessories shouldn’t be sharp or have potentially dangerous points.
• Look and LISTEN for traffic before crossing a street.
• Cross at corners and never between parked cars.
• If your neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing the traffic.
• Walk, don’t run, and obey traffic signals.
• Remember to use caution when crossing driveways, too.
• Go out with a group and bring a trusted adult, even if you’re staying within your neighborhood.
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