Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Halloween Doesn't Need to be a Dangerous Night for Children

Child pedestrian deaths double on Halloween night

Topeka –Safe Kids USA and FedEx urge parents to prepare children to act safely and drivers to take extra precautions on this potentially dangerous night for child pedestrians. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.

“Kids need proper safety instruction before they go out trick-or-treating,” says Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas. "Many kids will be out trick-or-treating while it is dark when it is more difficult for drivers to see them. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. For example, children younger than age 12 should not be alone crossing streets on Halloween without an adult. If older kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, parents should make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting."

In preparation for Halloween, Safe Kids Kansas and their network of local coalitions will team up with Walk This Way program sponsor FedEx at select sites to provide kids with reflective materials to promote visibility, including zipper tags that can be attached to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.  The coalition will also provide important safety information to children, parents and drivers.

Drivers need to be extra alert as there will be more children on the streets and sidewalks – and those kids may be focused on gathering candy and the excitement of the holiday rather than being careful while crossing streets. "Safe Kids and FedEx urge drivers to slow down on neighborhood roads to make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, but also to help save lives," added Sage.

Top safety tips Safe Kids USA recommends for parents:

Top safety tips Safe Kids USA and FedEx recommend for drivers:

While pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents and kids should also be careful when dealing with candy. "While kids never want to wait to dive into their candy, it is best to check sweets for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them," says Sage. “Remind children to only eat treats in original and unopened wrappers."

In 1999, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Safe Kids Walk This Way program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities.  Every day, more than 80,000 FedEx vehicles are on the road, sharing the streets with pedestrians, fueling the company's dedication to pedestrian safety and sharing the lessons of safe driving that FedEx has learned over the past 35-plus years. Over the past 12 years, the Walk This Way program has expanded to include Brazil, Canada, China, India, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines where it has educated more than four million children.

For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween, as well as throughout the year, visit www.safekids.org and www.safekidskansas.org.  Visit our Facebook pages for Safe Kids USA and Safe Kids Kansas.

 

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