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Watch out for drunk drivers this Halloween

While we all have heard the stories about poisonous candy, or razor blades found in treats, these dangers should actually be the least of your worries. It turns out on Halloween, one of the biggest causes of injuries for both parents and children are caused by reckless drivers.

According to Safe Kids USA, children are over twice as likely to die in a pedestrian accident on Halloween night than any other day of the year. And analysis from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that as many as 26 percent of pedestrian accident fatalities on Halloween are the result of drunk driving.

The hidden dangers of trick-or-treat night

Trick-or-treat may not always occur on Halloween night, but the dangers are still very present. Especially as children are out as the sun sets, when both drivers and children have a difficult time seeing where they are going.

Children may also be wearing masks that hinder their vision, which could cause them to walk in front of oncoming traffic. This is why many pedestrian accidents occur not only on crosswalks, but in the middle of residential streets.

Car accidents and drunk drivers are not the least of your worries either. There are a variety of injuries that your child could sustain from Halloween, including:

  • Trip-and-fall injuries from their costumes
  • Harmful face paints
  • Toxic chemicals in glow sticks
  • Choking on candy
  • Pumpkin carving injuries
  • Burns from candles and other decorations

On what is often one of the most fun nights of the year for our children, parents are encouraged to take extra precautions to protect their safety. Additionally, when setting up decorations in your own home, be careful not to put any other trick-or-treaters in harm's way.

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