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Safety tips for Halloween

Posted at 6:38 AM, Oct 31, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Halloween is always a time for fun and for kids to load up on sweets, but that doesn't mean safety isn't still a priority.

FedEx and Safe Kids want to remind you of some safety tips for your festivities this evening.

- Pay close attention to stopped or parked vehicles on the road in case they're dropping off or picking up young children.
- Use headlights, hazard lights, turn signals, and your horn if necessary to communicate with other drivers and pedestrians.
- Watch for children and yield to pedestrians.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully and wait until you've arrived at your destination to use your cellphone.
- Carry glow sticks or flashlights, and use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths, and if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Cross the street at corners, use traffic signals and crosswalks. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up as you walk across the street.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing uo and don't cross between parked cars.
- Make sure kids' costumes aren't too long so they don't trip on curbs or stairs. Masks can also make visibility tough for kids, so choose face paint instead.
- Accompany kids 12-and-under for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.