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Oct 30, 2012 1:26 PM by Sarah Arevalo

Safe Kids Tucson gives safety tips for trick-or-treaters and drivers

TUCSON- Halloween night is one of the dangerous nights of the year; on average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween Night than any other day of the year, according to Safe Kids Tucson.

Safe Kids Tucson Coordinator Yomy Diaz says it's very important for parents to talk to their kids about safety before going Trick-or-Treating, and for drivers to be completely alert for kids crossing the street. Kids under the age of 12 should not cross the street by themselves.

"When children are out trick-or-treating at night, it's harder for drivers to see them. There are several easy and effective behaviors that can help keep these kids safe, and reduce their risk of injury," Diaz says.

Some safety tips for parents and kids from Safe Kids Tucson and Tucson Medical Center include:

• Cross the street safely at street corners: Use traffic signals and look both ways before crossing the street.
• Use sidewalks and paths: walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible
• Slow down and stay alert: Watch for cars that may be turning or backing out.
• Make costumes safe: Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.

Safety tips for drivers:

• Slow down in residential neighborhoods: Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m.
• Be especially alert: Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may not be mindful of pedestrian safety.
• Reduce any distractions inside your car: Talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

For more tips visit www.safekids.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/safekidsusa

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