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Halloween safety: Child pedestrian deaths double on Oct. 31

Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
October 28, 2016

With potentially 41 million trick-or-treaters gathering candy nationwide on Monday, it’s an important time to talk to children about pedestrian safety. Children are two times more likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than the average day. It’s also important to remind motorists to take extra precautions on Monday.

As part of its ongoing child safety “What If?” initiative, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and Safe Kids Palm Beach County offer these tips for a happy and safe Halloween. 

FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS

·         Children under 12 should trick or treat with an adult.

·         Children should try to wear light-colored costumes. It also helps to have them carry glow sticks, bring flashlights or wear reflective tape or slap bands.

·         A costume shouldn’t be so long that a child can trip over it. In addition, face paint or makeup is always preferable to a mask that can limit a child’s vision.

·         Avoid having your child carry sharp costume props.

·         Remember to walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

·         Cross at corners and watch for cars backing up or turning.

·         Put the electronic devices down. Pay attention to what’s around you, not what’s on your phone.

FOR DRIVERS:

·         Turn on your headlights earlier in the day.

·         Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Enter and exit driveways slowly.

·         Remember that just because you see a child, it doesn’t mean the child sees you.

·         Don’t drive distracted. Put down the smartphone and take out the ear buds.

 

For more information about child safety issues, please click here.

 

Media: Representatives from Safe Kids Palm Beach County and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County are available for on-camera interviews through the weekend. Contact Jon Burstein, communications specialist, at 561.703.2193.  

 

 

The What If? campaign is a child safety initiative by the Children’s Services Council to provide parents and caregivers vital, life-saving information that protects children in the home and in the community. What If? campaign partners include: Safe Kids Palm Beach County, ChildNet, Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Children & Families, Palm Beach County Government, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Palm Beach County Health Department, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Safety Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County School District and other local child safety advocates.

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Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County provides leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong. To learn more, please visit www.cscpbc.org.

 

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