Halloween night could be deadly for child pedestrians
Reporter: Stephani Ruiz
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - While Halloween night is exciting for kids, it can also be dangerous. The Tucson Fire Department said children are four times more likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than any other night of the year.
Safe Kids USA also released a report that claims twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween night.
TFD said to avoid these situations, drive slow, maybe even half the speed limit in neighborhoods where children are trick or treating.
With kids covered in costumes and walking in the dark, it's hard to predict where they could be. That's why TFD also tells parents to put reflectors on your children's costumes and trick or treat bags. Also, make sure kids can see out of their masks. Emergency responders actually recommend face instead of masks for better visibility.
"Children are four times more likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween night than on any other night of the year. So take precautions. Make sure that the costume fits properly and that the child can see. Make sure that they understand the rules of the road when walking on the sidewalk," Trish Tracy, with TFD, said.
TFD also said to be careful with candles inside pumpkins. Make sure to store matches or lighters in a safe place.
It's also a good idea to carry a flashlight and avoid crossing the street in front of a parked car. Stick to crossing at corners where drivers are used to watching for pedestrians.