Halloween is supposed to be a spooky night, but parents don’t have to be scared about their kids’ safety if they follow some simple safety tips from Safe Kids of Otsego County. It’s essential for parents to prepare their children properly to stay safe while trick-or-treating. Over a recent five-year period, on average, twice as many child pedestrians have been killed on Halloween as have been killed on average throughout the rest of the year.
To promote Halloween safety the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard will host Safe Kids of Otsego County on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 & 23 from 10:00 until 4:00 providing safety tips, reflective zipper pulls and stickers to Mill visitors. The excitement of the holiday can make everyone less cautious. "Parents need to remind kids about safety while walking before they go out trick-or-treating," says Rich McCaffery, a Community Educator with Bassett Healthcare Network and Safe Kids of Otsego County. "Children should bring flashlights or glow sticks with them, carry reflective bags, or have reflective tape or stickers on their costumes, so as to increase their visibility to drivers. Children should not wear masks that may inhibit their ability to see hazards. Ensuring kids are seen this Halloween is essential to keep this holiday fun for everyone.”
Safe Kids’ Tips for Parents and Drivers
Safe Kids recommends that children under age 10 do not trick-or-treat without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without supervision, make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.
Parents should also remind kids to:
For more tips on how to keep kids safe while walking on Halloween and throughout the year contact Rich McCaffery at 607-547-5256. Safe Kids of Otsego County works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. Safe Kids is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids of Otsego County was founded in 2000 and is led by Bassett Healthcare Network.
The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is located just minutes from Cooperstown in Upstate New York. The Mill is open daily from 9:00 until 6:00 until December 19. The Mill’s On-Line Store is open year-round at www.flycreekcidermill.com. Safe Kids Weekend is free to the public and registration is not required. Parking is free. For additional information on the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard call toll-free 800-505-6455 or visit their website at www.flycreekcidermill.com.
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Fly Creek, NY 13337
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