Halloween safety tips offered

Halloween safety tips offered

As Halloween nears, it’s important to talk to kids about staying safe during a night of trick-or-treating. Though the night is full of fun and festivity, children can be particularly vulnerable to lurking dangers on Halloween. Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, shares ways to keep your children safe.
Children should:
• Always trick-or-treat with an adult until the age of 10;
• Only trick-or-treat in areas that are well lit;
• Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks;
• Look left, right and left again when crossing; always walk, don’t run, when crossing streets;
• Make eye contact with drivers, and watch for cars that are turning or backing up;
• Walk on sidewalks or paths; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible;
• Wear light-colored, flame-retardant costumes decorated with retro-reflective tape or stickers;
• Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls; and
• Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis treats more than 250,000 children each year in a 255-bed hospital that features state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly resources. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital. Serving as a primary teaching affiliate for the University Tennessee Health Science Center, the hospital trains more pediatricians than any other hospital in the state. For more information, call (901) 287-6030 or visit lebonheur.org. Follow the hospital on Twitter at twitter.com/lebonheurchild or like it on Facebook at facebook.com/lebonheurchildrens.

Published in The Messenger 10.29.12

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