Keeping Your Kids Safe on Halloween


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for children under the age of fourteen.

You may be thinking it's because of poisoned or tampered treats, but research shows that is not the biggest safety issue these days.

According to Safe Kids Magic Valley and AAA, Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians.

But, there are plenty of ways to keep your children safe.

Children are four times more likely to be killed while walking on Halloween night than any other night of the year.

Experts recommend taking few minutes to talk to your kids about safety before they head out the door.

"Make sure you're seen, you're going with other people, you're not darting in and out of cars, you have something reflective on,” said Page Geske, Safe Kids Magic Valley.

Encourage your children to walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

"Don't send small children out trick–or–treating by themselves. Tell them to use the crosswalks. If there are no crosswalks available, go to the intersection,” said Sgt. Luke Allen, Twin Falls Police Department.

With Daylight Savings Time, kids will likely be trick or treating in the dark, so make sure they're visible to drivers.

"Flashlights, glow sticks, glow wands, that kind of stuff is pretty imperative. Also, having costumes with some sort of reflective tape or something, so that you can be visible,” said Geske.

One of the best ways to keep your youngsters safe is to supervise them.

"If your kids are under twelve it's recommended that you don't send them alone that they are accompanied by an adult or family member,” said Geske.

The little ones aren't the only ones parents should be concerned about.

Each year the Twin Falls Police Department sees a spike in teenager–related crimes on Halloween night.

"When they go out, check their pockets, make sure they aren't taking thing with them they could be using to vandalize or do things they shouldn't be doing,” said Sgt. Allen.

Regardless of age, find out where your kids plan on going and encourage them to stay in groups.

AAA is asking drivers to slow down Halloween night.

A pedestrian is nearly twice as likely to be killed if they're hit by a car going thirty compared to one at twenty–five miles per hour.

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