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AAA WASHINGTON OFFERS PRECAUTIONS FOR SAFE HALLOWEEN HAUNTING

AAA WASHINGTON OFFERS PRECAUTIONS FOR SAFE HALLOWEEN HAUNTING
 SEATTLE, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Halloween can mean danger for little ghosts and goblins unless parents and drivers take special precautions, according to AAA Washington.
 "Halloween brings out costumed boys and girls who are often too excited to look both ways before crossing the street," said Janet Ray, director of Safety Services for AAA Washington.
 "Dark costumes make trick-or-treaters difficult to see," Ray said. "Worse yet, ill-fitting masks obstruct vision so children can't always see oncoming cars."
 Drivers: AAA Washington offers advice that can help make Halloween safer. Be extra alert for children darting out from between parked cars. Turn on headlights at the first sign of dusk and take extra care when negotiating driveways. With so many children on the streets, a right turn on red can be dangerous, so slow down and watch out. Driving at least 5 mph under the posted speed limit in residential areas gives drivers and children a margin of safety.
 Children: Ray urges children to trick-or-treat while it's still light and wear comfortable light-colored costumes that make it easy to walk, see and be seen. Carry a flashlight. Trim costumes with special reflective tape that shines brightly in headlights (parents can get it at most auto supply, hardware and sporting goods stores). Carry or wear a glow-in-the-dark Halloween light stick, available where costumes are sold. Trick-or-treat on well-lighted streets. Never dart out between parked cars in the middle of the block. Walk on the sidewalk, not in the street. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far out of the road as possible.
 Parents: Be sure children can see clearly. Ray advises parents to enlarge eyeholes on masks and have children remove masks before crossing the street. Better yet, encourage them to wear makeup instead of a mask. Makeup won't impair vision, and it's fun to wear. Parents should accompany children or send an older brother or sister along. If someone older can't go, kids should trick-or-treat with a group and tell in advance what streets they plan to haunt.
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 /CONTACT: Janet Ray or Jack Evans of AAA Washington, 206-448-5353, ext. 326/ CO: AAA Washington ST: Washington IN: SU:


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