Haunting statistic about Halloween injuries, safety tips to avoid them

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KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Ghosts and goblins may be scary, but the possibility of trick-or-treaters being injured Halloween night is even more frightening.

“Just anticipate worst case scenarios with kids running out in front of you,” Kettering Police Officer John Jung said.  “Kids get excited.  They run across the street, don’t really think about it, just trying to get that next handful of candy, so it’s really going to be on the parents and the people that are supervising the kids to keep an eye on them to make sure they’re staying out of trouble.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are 4 times more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.

On a night where witches, vampires and zombies are everywhere, finding creative ways to remain visible is key.

“Carrying a flashlight, it’s going to be dark out, or glow stick, something along those lines.  Maybe reflective shoes if they can do that. I know a lot of kids are going to be wearing dark kind of scary clothing, but if they have masks we would recommend that they remove the mask when they’re crossing the streets so they can see traffic,” Jung said.

He said kids under 12 should be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

If you’re thinking about clowning around this year, don’t.

“We can’t tell people what not to wear for Halloween, so if somebody’s going to wear a clown mask that’s up to them.  Knowing what’s going on around the area, don’t be surprised if there’s some people that are concern and they give us a call, so we’re aware of it and should those incidents arise our officers will handle it,” Jung said.

Officers will be out and about Halloween night handing out candy and interacting with the community as well as patrolling the neighborhood for safety reasons.

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