Contact: Mike Fraser, office: (518) 455-3751; cell: (518) 859-8518
"Halloween is a great opportunity for kids to get dressed up as their favorite superhero or character and try to fill their candy bags, but as families around the Finger Lakes get ready for trick-or-treating, it's important that everyone stays safe. While parents take this time to create fun-filled memories with their children, I encourage everyone to take steps to ensure the safest Halloween possible," Leader Kolb said.
Here are some helpful tips to follow for a safe and successful evening:
- Cross the street at the corners using crosswalks and traffic signals.
- Instruct children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or glow sticks to ensure they are visible to drivers.
- Children under the age of 12 should have adult supervision. Children who don't require adult supervision should go in groups and stick to familiar areas.
- Ensure costumes fit properly and avoid trailing fabric to prevent tripping hazards.
- Avoid decorative contact lenses without first talking to an eye-care professional. Using decorative contact lenses without a prescription can cause pain, inflammation, eye disorders and infections.
- Drivers should drive cautiously and be extra alert in neighborhoods where there are a lot of trick-or-treaters.
Some additional Halloween safety tips can be found at the Safe Kids Web site.
"This holiday is not just for the kids, and many adults will be attending Halloween parties," added Leader Kolb. "With ride-sharing now available across the state, please keep in mind if you're going to be drinking, do not drive. We all have a responsibility to make our roads safer by preventing drunk-driving related tragedies."