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by Ashley Culver | Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, 2:31 PM
Safety experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt want Halloween horrors to be caused by ghosts and goblins, not accidents and injuries.
On average, twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year, according to Safe Kids, an organization dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. As children prepare for October’s fun-filled night of trick-or-treating, a few precautionary measures could prevent vehicle-related deaths and other injuries.
“On Halloween, more children are on the street after dark than normal, and they are so excited that they may run out into the street without thinking,” said Sarah Haverstick, Safe Children Program Manager at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. “Drivers need to take extra care and slow down on neighborhood roads. And, of course, it’s very important that drivers put down mobile devices to avoid distraction.”
Children’s Hospital is partnering with Safe Kids and FedEx to help prevent unnecessary death and injury this Halloween. Across the country, 156 Safe Kids Coalitions, with support from FedEx volunteers, will provide reflective materials and safety information to children and parents. Children are encouraged to wear the reflective material on Halloween night to increase their visibility to drivers.
“Parents need to talk to their children about watching out for cars while trick-or-treating,” said Haverstick. “And make sure that their costumes have something reflective on them so cars can see them. You could even have kids put on a glow stick necklace or a reflective slap bracelet.”
Haverstick recommends these tips to keep children safe on Halloween:
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