Halloween is just a few days away, and children and adults alike are putting the final touches on their costumes. Trick or treating in the Bay Area varies by neighborhood, but you check out some of the best areas to take your children by visiting Red Tricycle. However, staying safe this Halloween should be even more important than the amount of candy that your children can gather!
Children will be visiting homes door to door to collect candy in the evening. While most drivers should be extra cautious on this particular evening, you can take steps to protect your kids from potential accidents. We have listed our top ideas below:
Drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians while they are at intersections and in crosswalks. However, they are not always as aware as they should be, especially if they have little goblins and ghouls in their vehicles as well. Of course, Halloween is often a party night, too, which means that the rate of intoxicated drivers may increase.
Be extra cautious this year, and teach your children to always look both ways before crossing into traffic. If possible, make eye contact with a driver who is supposed to stop before you enter the road. That way, you know that they see you and will, hopefully, recognize that they are supposed to stop.
It is a good idea to walk alongside your kid’s while trick or treating for safety, especially if the child is under the age of 12. You can remind your kids not to run into traffic, even when the excitement of the evening is overwhelming for them.
Taking your children is also a good bonding experience, and you can protect them from other hazards as well. If your kids are old enough to go out on their own, be sure that they know their boundaries and set a meeting time where they should either be home or at a designated location.
Having reflective costumes is not only fun, but it also increases visibility for your kids as well. Many outfits are black, which can be dangerous for walking at night. Encourage bright costumes, candy bags, or glow sticks to increase visibility. Flashlights may also be a good idea.
If you are driving this Halloween, drive slowly through residential areas and be on the lookout for children who may run into the street. Most trick or treating runs from about 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, so be extra cautious during those times. Of course, you should never drink and drive. Designate a driver or use a cab or ride-sharing service.
If you or a loved one has injured this Halloween, you may have legal options. Explore those with the personal injury attorneys at Allegiance Law.
Happy Halloween from all of us at Allegiance Law!