(WSPA) — Today is Halloween and while it’s a good time for costumes and candy, it can also be dangerous for your children.
A State Farm study found children are twice as likely to die on Halloween than any other day. A major cause of deaths is walking in the street.
The study covered more 4 million deaths over a span of 20 years. State Farm found nearly 70 percent of pedestrians were hit away from a crosswalk or intersection. These deaths aren’t limited to young children. Most of the fatalities were teenagers.
Another danger associated with Halloween is pumpkin carving. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says out of 4,500 related injuries in 2017, 41 percent were linked to making jack-o-lanterns.
To help stay safe, trick-or-treaters are cautioned to put reflective tape on costumes, trick or treat in groups and carry a flashlight.
AAA Carolinas urges drivers to stay off the road if possible between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Halloween, which is when trick-or-treaters are most active.
AAA Carolinas also recommends that drivers to avoid distractions, such as their phones, not passing stopped vehicles and drive slowly.