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Keeping kids safe on Halloween

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Neighborhoods are going to be crawling with little goblins, scary clowns and fairies on Halloween night. For most kids the priority is getting candy. But for parents, it's about keeping the little ones safe from real world dangers.

"The numbers tell us we see the most pedestrian incidents around the holiday time of Halloween, (more) than any other time of the year," says Susan Helms with the Mid-South Safe Kids Coalition.

Helms says that more than half of the car accidents involving kids will happen between 5 and 9 PM.

"Don't be distracted with driving. Watch for trick or treaters. Go slowly and just obey the rules," she warns.

Statistics show most accidents on Halloween don't happen as kids are crossing through a crosswalk. They typically happen in the middle of the block, because kids are darting back and forth.

Helms also says that safety can start with the costume, "Costumes are great, but sometimes they're tight fitting and a mask may impede their vision, so a mask is ok, but just take it off in between houses and put it back on or use facepaint."

Parent Latasha Echols is avoiding the traditional trick or treating, "Let's avoid going outside and going door to door. I wish they would stop that altogether and let's go to the community centers and after school program that are offering fun, exciting and engaging things for kids to do."

Parents keep watch and remind your little ghouls and firemen to be safe and have a fun, happy Halloween.

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