October 29, 2014 1:06 am
"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said Allstate's Executive Vice President of Product Operations Steve Sorenson. "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."
Parents should take the following steps to ensure safety.
1. Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.Source: The Allstate Corporation
2. Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.
3. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.
4. Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.
5. Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.
6. Make certain that swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.
7. Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.
8. Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.
9. Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.
10. Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
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