Halloween Safety Tips for Parents, Trick-or-Treaters and Drivers
Halloween is only a few weeks away, and soon children will be dressing up as their favorite characters and participating in the exciting tradition of trick-or-treating. Although this is a fun time, parents, trick-or-treaters and drivers alike must be careful to ensure Halloween night doesn’t turn into a nightmare.
Attorney Darren Kies recently appeared on WAKA CBS 8 and WBMM CW 22 with host Olivia Deas to discuss Halloween safety. One important fact to keep in mind is that children pedestrians are more than twice as likely to be in a fatal car accident on Halloween night than any other night of the year.
That’s why parents should make sure that they accompany their children when trick-or-treating, and ensure they teach them to be aware and be safe. Let’s take a look at some important tips to keep in mind before heading out.
Always Have Adult Supervision, Cross the Street Safely
- Children and adults should be careful crossing the street by looking left, right and left again before crossing
- Stay on sidewalks and paths. If there are none, be sure to walk facing traffic, but as far to the left as possible
- Teach children to stop when a car is backing out of a driveway
- Teach children to never run across the street or dart out into traffic
- Wear reflective clothing or place reflective stickers on costumes or trick-or-treating bags
Use a Flashlight, Make Sure Costumes Fit to Avoid Falls
Walking and texting is a major issue, and children and parents should avoid using their phones while walking, as this makes it impossible to pay attention to where you are going, especially when crossing the street.
Darren suggested using your cell phone as a flashlight to see, which helps reduce the chances of falling. You should also make sure your child’s costume and shoes fit correctly, so that they are comfortable and do not trip.
Be Extra Vigilant as a Driver, Don’t Be Distracted
Safety is not only important for parents and their children, but for drivers as well. If you are driving on Halloween, you should be extra careful, especially between the hours of 5:30-9:30 p.m. If you are a parent of a new driver, discourage them from driving on Halloween night.
- Drive slowly, especially when backing out of driveways and through neighborhoods
- Be extra vigilant at intersections
- Do not use your cell phone while driving
- Never drink and drive or drive under the influence of drugs
Darren stated that in addition to all of these helpful tips, parents should also make sure children know not to go inside stranger’s houses or cars, and parents should inspect candy when they get home.
Hopefully, by following these tips, everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.
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