Goodbye Turkey, Hello Jack-O-Lanterns: Staying Safe on Halloween
As you recover from Thanksgiving, and stare at the seemingly endless supply of leftover turkey in your fridge, it may seem too early to start thinking about Halloween. However, disconcerting as it may be, Halloween is just over a week away and trick-or-treaters are hard at work thinking of costume ideas and mapping out what streets will give them the best bang for their trick-or-treat buck. Whether you are a parent taking your kids out to trick-or-treat, someone handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, or someone who might be driving in the evening on October 31, it is important to be extra mindful of keeping the little ghosts, vampires, princesses, and superheroes safe during their hunt for candy.
By October 31 it will be getting dark quite early. Bright and reflective costumes will be best for ensuring drivers can see trick-or-treaters crossing the road or standing at a cross-walk/intersection, however reflective strips can make dark costumes easier to see. While it might be tempting for your child to criss-cross the street back and forth while trick-or-treating, finishing one side of the street before moving onto the next side will help keep your kids safe. Similarly, ensuring that your kids cross the street at corners, traffic signals, and crosswalks are simple but effective ways to help keep them safe.
If you have to be on the road on Halloween, making sure you slow down in residential areas and are extra-cautious can help make it easier to stop if someone crosses the road unexpectedly. For homeowners, make sure that any trip or slip hazards on your driveway and porch area are removed or clearly identified. At this time of year, there might be wet leaves that could be a slip hazard. While it might take away from some of the spooktacular-magic of Halloween, a well-lit front porch area can help keep trick-or-treaters from slipping or tripping when they arrive at your house.
Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year, particularly for trick-or-treaters and their parents. Taking a few simple steps can help keep everyone safe and happy.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident as a driver, pedestrian, or cyclist, a personal injury lawyer can help inform you of your rights and whether you might be entitled to compensation for the injuries you suffered.
Stay safe and have fun this Halloween!