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Halloween Should Be A Fun, Not Dangerous Night For Children

Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Halloween might be scary for different reasons than you think.  On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year.  With a few tips and tricks, kids can stay safe while out walking.  Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx Express® urge parents to prepare their children to walk safely, and remind drivers to be particularly alert this Halloween.

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"On Halloween, more children are on the street after dark than normal, and they are so excited that they may run out into the street without thinking," said Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "Drivers need to take extra care and slow down on neighborhood roads. And, of course, it's very important that drivers put down mobile devices to avoid distraction."

Safe Kids and FedEx are teaming up to keep kids safe on Halloween.  Across the country, 156 Safe Kids Coalitions, with support from FedEx volunteers, will provide reflective materials and safety information to children and parents. Children are encouraged to wear the reflective material on Halloween night to increase their visibility to drivers.

"Parents need to talk to their children about watching out for cars while trick-or-treating," says Carr. "And make sure that their costume has something reflective on it so cars can see them.  You could even have kids put on a glow stick necklace or a reflective slap bracelet."

Safe Kids and FedEx recommend these top tips to keep kids safe on Halloween. 

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