While Halloween is not an official federal holiday, it is one of the most widely celebrated days in the country. Each year, millions of children and grown-ups mark the season with spooky lawn decorations, imaginative costumes, and, of course, trick-or-treating. However, it only takes a moment for the fun to take a tragic turn, especially for young ghosts and goblins. In fact, children are more than twice as likely to be seriously injured or killed by a car on Halloween than at any other time of year, according to the National Safety Council.
The good news is that following simple safety protocols can help everyone enjoy the holiday and avoid the hazards. Here are several valuable tips along with some little-known fun facts about Halloween.
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While Halloween candy should be inspected before eating, automobiles pose a far greater danger to young trick-or-treaters. The risk of pedestrian deaths is 43 percent higher on Halloween than on nights during the weeks before and after October 31, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics, a monthly publication of the American Medical Association.
According to the research, an average of four additional pedestrians were struck and killed by cars on Halloween, the majority of which were children between the ages of four and eight.
The most dangerous time was between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., with the highest risk around 6 p.m.
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When Halloween falls on a weekday, the prime period for trick-or-treating coincides with rush hour. Therefore, drivers should be extra cautious during this time, especially around 6 p.m. when the risk of a pedestrian accident is greatest.
Here are some tips:
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Although it happens rarely, a few malicious people use the holiday to cause harm to others. Therefore, parents should inspect all treats their children bring home before anyone partakes. Discard any items that are unwrapped or suspicious-looking.
In addition, if anyone in the household has food allergies, remove items containing allergens.
Finally, if you have babies and toddlers, remove treats that can pose a choking hazard, including hard candies, small items such as jelly beans, nuts and gum as well as stickers, temporary tattoos, candy wrappers and small toys.
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