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13 Important Halloween Safety Tips For Gainesville Parents


It’s that ghoulish time of year once again. All throughout Gainesville and surrounding communities, little ghosts and goblins are once again getting ready to have some spooky fun.

As parents, you want to make sure your kids know how to trick-or-treat safely. The last thing any parent wants is to experience the nightmare of an avoidable injury or accident to their child during this festive time of year.

As your hometown Buick GMC dealership in Gainesville, Florida, we here at Gainesville Buick GMC want to help make Gainesville a better place in which to live, work, and play. That’s we hope that the following 13 tips for a “S.A.F.E. H.A.L.L.O.W.E.E.N” will help make sure that Halloween 2015 in Gainesville will be the safest year ever.


S. Only use short, soft, and bendable swords, knives, and other accessories.

A. Always walk with a group or an adult. Don’t venture out alone.

F. Fasten reflective tape on costumes, bags, and accessories to make your kids easier to see.

E. Examine treats before you eat. Look for choking hazards and evidence of tampering.

H. Hold a flashlight to make you more visible to cars on dark streets. Don’t run, but walk to houses, and be careful crossing streets.

A. Always make sure makeup is safe. Test a small area first before applying. Remove all makeup to avoid eye and skin irritation.

L. Look both ways when crossing the street. Hold an adult’s hand and use marked crosswalks whenever possible.

L. Lower your risk of possible eye injury. Do not wear decorative contact lenses!

O. Only walk on sidewalks. Or, if there’s no sidewalk, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic so you can see who’s coming.

W. Wear masks, shoes, and costumes that fit correctly to avoid tripping and impaired vision.

E. Eat treats and candies that are store-bought or factory-wrapped. Don’t eat anything that looks homemade, unless it’s from someone you know like a neighbor or relative.

E. Enter homes only with a trusted adult, and only if it’s someone you know, like a friend or relative. Don’t stop at dark houses and never ride with strangers.

N. Never walk close to candles, luminaries (bags with candles inside of them), or any open flame. Always wear costumes that are flame-resistant.

When It Comes To Safety, Buick And GMC Top The List


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Whether it is in our local neighborhoods trick-or-treating, or on local highways, we are always concerned about you and your family’s safety. That’s why Gainesville Buick GMC is proud to offer some of the safest and most reliable cars and trucks on the road today. The stunning new 2015 Buick Enclave, for example, is rated “five stars,” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Other top safety picks include  the sporty 2015 Buick Regal, 2015 Buick Encore, 2015 Buick Verano, 2015 GMC Sierra, and 2015 GMC Acadia.

It’s not surprising to find Buicks and GMC trucks at the top of the list for safety innovations. GM is a world leader in developing the latest cutting-edge advancements in automotive safety technology.

One example of this is GM’s available “Directions & Connections® plan through OnStar®

The Plan includes:

Automatic Crash Response: In many crashes, sensors can automatically alert us that you’ve been hit. Specially trained Advisors are available 24/7 to send help to your exact location.

OnStar Hands-Free Calling keeps you connected, even when your cell phone can’t.

Stolen Vehicle Assistance: Advisors can use GPS technology to provide authorities with the exact location of your stolen vehicle to help them recover it.

Turn-by-Turn Directions: Just push a button for directions you’ve saved with eNav or speak directly with an OnStar Advisor to have directions downloaded to your vehicle.

Vehicle Diagnostics: Every month, OnStar can automatically run hundreds of diagnostic and maintenance checks on your vehicle’s key operating systems and email you the results.

Remote Door Unlock: A quick call connects you to an Advisor, who can send a remote signal that usually unlocks your doors within minutes.

Emergency Services: One push of the red emergency button gives you a priority connection to an Advisor, who can direct emergency responders to your exact location.

Additionally, the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app lets you connect your smartphone to your vehicle to check fuel levels, oil life, and tire pressure. You can also send directions directly from your phone and even remotely unlock your doors.

We’re Scaring Up Substantial Savings On Our Entire Buick/GMC Lineup

We invite you to visit our Buick GMC dealership in Gainesville and treat yourself to money-saving specials that make own a beautiful, reliable, fuel-efficient, and well-equipped new 2015 Buick or GMC truck surprisingly affordable. Visit our showroom, located at 2101 N. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32609. For Sales, please call 352-372-2583. For Service, call 352-505-9466.

Happy Halloween!

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