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Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house.
But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.
In 2015, about 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents, according to
Injury Facts 2017, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council.
NSC research reveals about 17% of these deaths occurred when pedestrians improperly crossed roads or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting or dark clothing accounted for about 15% of the deaths. Other circumstances varied by age: Darting or running into the road accounted for about 15% of deaths in kids ages 5 to 9 and 7% for those 10 to 15.
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, and October ranks No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,550. August is first, with 3,642 deaths.
To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of
Halloween Safety Tips, including do's and don'ts:
Children and adults are reminded to
put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street. NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be
on the road during trick-or-treat hours:
For kids, Halloween is a fun day to dress up and collect candy. For parents, it can be scary. Keep your kids safe this Halloween with these tips.