Avoid Frightening Injuries this Halloween

Scary movies, costumes, trick or treating, and maybe a trip to a haunted house. Who doesn’t love Halloween? It is all fun in games until someone gets hurt. According to the NSC, in 2015 there were 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents. They also reported that children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween as on any other day of the year. Make sure you know these basic tips to keep you and your kids safe this Halloween.

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick or Treaters:

  • Always look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Put electronic devices down and heads up while walking.
  • An adult should accompany young children at all times
  • Avoid masks that could obstruct your vision.
  • Do not enter a stranger’s home or vehicles
  • If children are going out at night make sure to have reflective lights, glow sticks or a flashlight.
  • Always walk on the sidewalks not the road.
  • Do not trick or treat alone.
  • Make sure costumes fit properly which reduces the risk of falling.
  • Pay attention to motorists coming out of driveways and/or alleys.

Drivers:

  • Watch for children on or near the roadways.
  • Do not drive distracted.
  • Be careful when pulling in and out of driveways or alleys.
  • Drive slow in highly populated areas such as the Trail of treats, etc.
  • Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained while the vehicle is moving.

Looking for a safe way to celebrate Halloween? Here are some upcoming events in Southern Illinois:

Saturday, Oct. 28th

  • Pumpkins in the Park – Herrin Park from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Boo Fest – West Frankfort Park

Sunday, Oct. 29th

  • Boo Fest – West Frankfort Park https://www.facebook.com/boofest2017/
  • Trunk or Treat at Black Diamond Harley- Davidson from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 31st

  • Trail of Treats in West Frankfort from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Weeks Trunk or Treat at VF Outlet Mall from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
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