ORISKANY - The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is offering tips for parents and children alike to stay safe on Halloween.
- Use reflective tape or stickers on your costume or treat bags.
- Make sure your costume and shoes fit well to avoid trips and falls.
- Use soft and flexible costume accessories, not sharp and pointy ones.
- Go with a group and bring a trusted adult.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Walk, don’t run.
- Before crossing the street, look all ways and listen for traffic.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
- Use caution when crossing driveways.
- Obey traffic signals.
- Put away anything trick-or-treaters could trip over.
- Turn the lights on to ensure good visibility at the walkway and front door.
- Control your pets.
AAA is also offering its own set of Halloween safety tips. They include:
- Avoid Neighborhood Shortcuts. If possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.
- Watch for children in the street. Watch for children walking on streets, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.
- Slow down. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if hit by a car traveling 35 mph compared to 25 mph. What seems like a small difference – just 10 mph - can be the difference between life and death.
- Drive sober. Alcohol-impaired drivers make up about one-third of all motor vehicle deaths resulting in an average of one death every 45 minutes. Always designate a sober driver.
- Trick-or-treat together. AAA recommends that parents accompany youngsters at least until the age of 12.
- Make a plan. Review trick-or-treating safety precautions and plan the route ahead of time. Remind children never to cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
- Check costumes. Choose disguises that don’t obstruct vision and where possible use face paint instead of masks. Check and adjust the length of costumes to avoid tripping and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible. Carry a flashlight.
- Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.
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