Ghosts, ghosts and vampires roam the streets and scare and delight on Halloween – but the real danger is every day on the road: cars.
More people die in car crashes on Halloween night than any other night of the year, including Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Eve.
And a study by Autoinsurance.org discovered that this percentage increases even more during week nights. Deaths involving children are 83 percent higher when the ghostly holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
The key to keeping children safe during the holidays, said an expert involved in the research, is simply not to rush to get ready to cheat or treat, and to make sure you keep your children next to a suit in light or reflectors.
A new study by Autoinsurance.org has shown that when Halloween takes place on a weekday evening, the number of road deaths of children affected by cars is 83% compared to a weekend (file image)
It is estimated that more than 40 million children take to the streets every year to collect candy from neighbors.
And on this one night, the average number of pedestrians under 18 was killed by cars' 5.5, according to one analysis done by State Farm Insurance.
That is about twice the daily average of 2.6 fatalities.
When the spooky vacation is on a weekday evening, the dangers increase, according to the new Autoinsurance.org Investigation.
That is the case for most years.
& # 39; We immediately thought that this probably has something to do with people who are in a hurry and don't have enough time. They are hurried to get children home while forgetting safety equipment such as lights, & said Nelson Garcia of Autoinsurance.org.
For pedestrians in general. There is a 55 percent increase in fatal accidents involving people on foot in Halloweens on weekdays.
WHY HALLOWEEN IS A HAZARDOUS HOLIDAY IN AMERICA
1. PARENTS MUST SEE FOR MARIJUANA-LACED CANDY
Parents have been warned by sheriff departments throughout the country of marijuana foods and sweets with THC.
To keep children safe, authorities recommend throwing away any item that is home-made & # 39; is wrapped in foil or transparent packaging or does not appear to be candy sold in stores.
2. PUMP POINTING CAUSES THE MOST INJURY ON OCTOBER 31
Last year, 44% of all Halloween-related injuries were associated with carving jack-o & # 39; lanterns, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
& # 39; What we recommend is monitoring children during their pumpkin carving & # 39 ;, said John Hoellwarth, a public affairs officer for CPSC, to Dailymail.com.
& # 39; One of the best ways to do this is to have the children follow the pumpkin design with a knife and let the adult cut it out. & # 39;
3. MAKE YOUR HOME A SAFE SPACE FOR TRUC-OF-TREATERS
Last year, 25 percent of Halloween injuries were due to falls while hanging decorations or tripping over costumes, according to the CPSC.
& # 39; When it comes to costumes at home, make sure there is reflective light to prevent tripping and falling, & # 39; said Dr. Stephanie Lee, a pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
& # 39; If you want flashy lights, a kind of black light, so that it is visible if it is (children) can see where they grow
The most dangerous time for trick-or-treat is also, not surprisingly, the most desirable: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, according to a study conducted last year by the University of British Columbia.
And Friday is the most fatal day of all.
Autoinsurance.org discovered that three times as many pedestrian pedestrians were killed by car accidents on Friday, Halloweens, than when the holiday fell on another day.
& # 39; We are not sure why Friday is so fatal, & # 39; said Garcia.
& # 39; People may be busier at work, so that is an additional reason that they rush more.
& # 39; And people often start their weekend on Friday at a bar & # 39 ;, which means that nowadays there are generally more cars & # 39; s on the road & # 39 ;, and that can be trick-or-treat affected by children. & # 39;
That could mean that there are not only more drivers, but more drunk drivers on the road.
In that sense, parents can breathe a little sigh of relief that Halloween is on a Thursday this year.
But data says that a Saturday's holiday is the safest.
There is still an increase in the number of accidents – but a modest peak of 27 percent on Saturday, compared to a peak of 55 percent.
It is a significant difference that one petition is distributed to permanently move Halloween to a Saturday.
In fact, 155,000 people signed up for the vacation.
Opponents are adamant that Halloween continues to mark the 31st, which for All Saints Day precedes the Christian tradition and the pagan celebration of the end of the harvest and the evening of commemoration of the dead in the Celtic tradition.
& # 39; But if security is a concern, it may have to go for history & # 39 ;, said Nelson, who is not affiliated with the petition to move Halloween to a Saturday.
As long as Halloween continues to fall on weekday evenings, he says enough parents can do to keep their heir children safe during a trick-or-treat and enjoy the creepy festivities.
& # 39; Use flashlights and reflectors, let younger children walk on the inside of the sidewalk instead of on the outside – such small things can really have a big impact, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; And if you are in a hurry, you may not need to go where you are going. It is better to be late than to cause a fatal accident. & # 39;
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