Safety first when trick-or-treating, Tucson fire official says

2013-10-31T00:00:00Z 2013-10-31T11:35:47Z Safety first when trick-or-treating, Tucson fire official saysArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

No one wants a fun night of trick-or-treating marred by an avoidable accident, so a local fire official has tips that put safety first.

“Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians. The number of traffic fatalities across the country involving child pedestrians increases 4.5 times the average once the sun goes down on Halloween night,” Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District, said in a news release.

He offered tips for parents to ensure children will be safe while trick-or-treating:

• Children should always stay in a group .

• Adults should always accompany children.

• Reflective tape or reflective lights should be attached to costumes and treat bags to help drivers see kids.

• Adults should always carry flashlights .

• Children should cross streets at intersections, always look both ways, and never dart across the road.

• Children should stay on sidewalks and driveways, and never cross through yards where there may be unseen hazards that cause them to trip.

• Costumes should be well-fitted and a child should be able to see clearly from a mask.

• Children should never enter the home of a stranger.

Kimberly Matas 

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