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5 ways to protect children on Halloween night

Like many Schenectady residents, you may already be getting ready for Halloween during the last weeks of September and the first part of October. Halloween has become a favorite holiday for millions of people across the country. Unfortunately, this time of year is also one of the most dangerous for children and others who roam the streets on All Hallows Eve. At Bendall & Mednick, we understand that this may be a fun time for you and your children. However, we also want your family to be safe.

The National Safety Council points out that October is one of the deadliest months of the year, mainly due to pedestrian accidents during Halloween festivities. The following tips may help you and your children avoid accidents during this spooky month:

Discuss traffic safety, including when and where to cross the street, with your children before they go out trick-or-treating.

Make sure Halloween costumes are visible – either with reflective fabric, glow sticks or a flashlight.

Send younger children out with an adult or responsible older children.

Talk to your children about not walking while looking at their smartphones or other electronic devices, and to stay aware of their surroundings.

If you are driving, be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters crossing the street or near driveways. Drive slower than the speed limit in residential areas.

When you and your children observe safe pedestrian and driving habits, you may greatly reduce the risk of being in a tragic accident not just during Halloween, but at any time of year. You may learn more about pedestrian accidents by visiting our website.

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