Insurance pros, advise prospects/clients with Halloween safety tips

Trick or treaters on the porchThis coming Saturday night, America’s little ghosts, goblins, fairy tale princesses, etc. will be parading through neighborhoods on the hunt for tasty treats. Though Halloween is supposed to be a fun evening for all, it can turn frightful in an instant – especially for families with small children.

In the USA Today article “The Real Horror of Halloween: Pedestrian Deaths”, writer Liz Szabo shares some startling statistics and helpful tips we all need to remember as we venture out this weekend for All Hallow’s Eve…

According to SafeKids USA, children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween than any other night of the year.

Moira Donahue, SafeKids’ director of pedestrian safety, says that masks can make it difficult for children to see around corners. Donahue also warns that drivers need to pay extra attention and look out for individuals wearing dark costumes. It’s important that all drivers remember to always turn on headlights and be prepared to encounter more children on or near the street.

The Metro Nashville Police Department recommends the following safety tips:

– Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights.
– Only wrapped or packaged candy should be given and accepted.
– Make sure costumes are flame retardant.
– Add reflective tape to your little one’s Halloween costume.
– Always inspect your child’s candy before it’s eaten.

Insurance agents, remind your prospects and clients that Halloween is supposed to be fun. Risks and claims can be avoided if precautionary measures are taken.

For more Halloween safety tips, visit the SafeKids USA Web site by clicking here.

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