Toronto, Ontario – While parents and drivers need to make safety a priority at all times of the year, trick-or-treating on Halloween requires extra vigilance. Safe Kids Canada is reminding drivers to be careful, since almost 2,000 children are injured in pedestrian-related incidents each year.

“Keeping kids safe during Halloween and throughout the year involves a commitment from parents and drivers,” said Pamela Fuselli, executive director of Safe Kids Canada. “An important first step is to teach your kids how to be safe pedestrians. Practice the safety rules with them and set a good example by reinforcing safe behaviour year-round. Drivers also play a role by slowing down on the roads and driving the speed limit.”

Safe Kids Canada recommends the following for Halloween safety:

– Children under the age of nine should be accompanied by an adult or responsible older children. Younger children lack the developmental skills to cross the street on their own.

– Teach your child to stop at the curb, look left, right and left again, and listen for oncoming traffic. Always cross at sidewalks, street corners or intersections, never between parked cars or other obstacles. Stay on the sidewalk when walking from house to house, and if there is no sidewalk, walk beside the road facing traffic.

– Drive slowly in residential areas, where children are more likely to be trick-or-treating. Watch for children, many of whom will be wearing costumes that limit their visit.

– Reduce distractions, stay alert and reduce your speed during peak trick-or-treating hours.

For more tips on safety, visit Safe Kids Canada.

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