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Halloween Giveaway: Win a Wagon and Safety Sam

The ghosts and goblins will come out to play in a few weeks and what better way to trick to treat than in a wagon from Step2? Step2 is giving away a wagon to one lucky reader just in time for Halloween. Turn it into a chariot, a monkey bed, or even Harry & Lloyd’s Mutt Cutts van!

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Plus, to continue their campaign for outdoor play safety, Step2 is adding a Safety Sam (also known as the KidAlert! V.W.S) to the prize bundle. According to Safe Kids, Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for children under 14 to walk. Unfortunately, children are four times more likely to be killed while walking on Halloween than any other night of the year. Step2′s Safety Sam is trying his best to keep neighborhoods and children safe, but we need to continue to spread the word about children pedestrian safety. Educating our children about outdoor play safety and notifying drivers that there are children walking and playing on around the area are two important ways to keep them safe while playing outdoors. Check out additional Halloween safety tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention here.

Enter to win this prize package valued at up to $196 using the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway open to the residents of the 48 contiguous US states, ages 18+. Ends 10/20/13 at 11:59 PM EST. Good Luck!

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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, age 18+. Giveaway will close at 12:00AM ET on 10/21/13. 1 winner will be selected at that time and winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours. Winner will receive a Safety Sam and may select a wagon currently in stock at Step2.com. Step2 cannot guarantee delivery by Halloween. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send an email to thestep2team@gmail.com.

Play it Safe with Safety Sam

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was 4,432 pedestrian fatalities in 2011, 230 of which were children under the age of 15. Educating our children about outdoor play safety and notifying drivers that there are children walking and playing on around the area are two important ways to keep them safe while playing outdoors.

To promote outdoor safety, we began making the KidAlert! V.W.S (Visual Warning Sign) in 2001. Now known as Safety Sam, he is an indication to “go slow” when driving on roads where he is placed. You may have seen him around your neighborhood, near daycares, playgrounds and schools.

Safety Sam is trying his best to keep neighborhoods and children safe, but we need to continue to spread the word about children pedestrian safety. Here are some of the top outdoor play tips we found from SafeKids.org:

  • Talk to your kids about how to be safe and aware while they are playing in the neighborhood
  • Educate kids on the importance of looking to the left, right and left again when crossing the street
  • Teach them to never run or dart out into the street even if their favorite ball or other toy begins to travel to the other side of the street
  • Inform kids of the reasons why they should not cross between parked cars
  • Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
  • Teach kids to be cautious and watch out for cars that are turning or backing up
  • It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths
  • Walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible

Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10. To be safe for children under the age of 10, tell them to not cross the street until the road is completely clear of cars.

Here are some Test Drive Bloggers that are making Safety Sam a part of their pledge to promote outdoor play safety around their neighborhood.

 


newlycrunch

Newly Crunchy Mama of 3 lives on a 1-way street where kids often play. She hopes that Safety Sam will remind drivers to slow down, especially when kids are playing.

gograhamgo

Go Graham Go is playing it safe as her son rides his bicycle around the neighborhood.

real mom reviews

Real Mom Reviews practices safety tips with her children. Although Safety Sam is small, he’s a powerful reminder to drivers to be careful while they are driving.

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WAHM Connect noticed that cars slow down when they saw Safety Sam on her street.

simple moms

The Simple Moms feels so strongly about children pedestrian safety that she is giving away a Safety Sam to one lucky winner! To enter, repost this image on Instagram before Labor Day weekend.

rock father

The Rock Father keeps his Safety Sam on duty, especially when his daughters are playing outside.

mommytesters

Mommy Testers plays it safe with Safety Sam as her daughter plays on her scooter.

baby dickey

Baby Dickey knows the kids will be safe with Safety Sam patrolling the neighborhood.

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The Link Fairy believes her neighborhood is a safe place to play with Safety Sam.

thirftynifty

Thrifty Nifty Mommy thinks Safety Sam will help drivers to slow down and save lives!

In addition to these bloggers displaying Safety Sam in their community, they have also given a Safety Sam to a friend, neighborhood or relative to encourage road safety. Thank you to all the bloggers that participated in spreading the word about outdoor play safety!

We encourage you to educate your family about keeping kids safe while they play outside. What safety tips for outdoor play do you have?