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Amica Insurance offers tips for a safe and fun Halloween

10/26/2011

LINCOLN, RI – Halloween usually involves trick-or-treating, parties and great times with family and friends. But it can also pose dangers for young children, especially when they’re trick-or-treating after dark. So Amica Insurance offers a few tips to help keep the holiday safe.

“'Dressing up for Halloween is part of the fun,” said Lisa Melton, an assistant vice president with Amica Insurance. “But costumes can create dangerous situations, especially for young children.”

Make sure the costume fits properly and is visible to motorists, especially after dark, Melton said. It’s also a good idea to use face paints instead of masks, which can make it difficult for your child to see. In addition, make sure your child wears well-fitting shoes to reduce the risk of tripping and falling.

Here are a few other tips for Halloween safety:

  • Make sure your child’s costume has reflective clothing and is flame-resistant.
  • Avoid loose-fitting costumes or clothes that can cause a child to trip and fall.
  • Give your child a flashlight to carry.
  • Make sure a responsible adult accompanies your child while trick-or-treating.

“Make sure you talk to your kids about Halloween safety, too,” said Melton. “Remind them to stay on sidewalks as much as possible and to look both ways before crossing the street – especially when they’re crossing between cars and at street corners and parking lot entrances.”

Motorists also need to take extra care, especially on Halloween night, when the streets will be filled with youngsters trick-or-treating, Melton said. Watch for children darting back and forth across the street and children getting in or out of parked cars.

“Homeowners can help keep kids safe, too,” Melton said. If you’re handing out candy this year for trick-or-treaters or having a Halloween party, here are a few reminders:

  • Keep doors, stairs and entryways clear of excess decorations.
  • Make sure your yard and walkways are brightly lit.
  • Remove any obstacles that could cause people to trip, including pumpkins you might have on your front steps.
  • Use candles with caution and never leave them near anything flammable.
  • Keep decorations away from all heating sources.

“'Keep safety in mind this Halloween, and you and your children will have great memories of a fun holiday with family and friends,” Melton said.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT:Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,

Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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