With Halloween only a week away and the excitement building, it is important that you take the time to review some safety tips with your family, especially young children, so that your night is one that is full of fun and enjoyable for everyone. The reality is, Halloween is a time when many accidents tend to occur, especially because there are so many individuals out walking around. According to the National Safety Council, “children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.” With that in mind, we encourage you to take the following tips provided on behalf of the American Red Cross into consideration before going out this Halloween that can help keep you and your family safe.
How to increase your level of safety while out trick-or-treating?
- Ensure your trick-or-treaters can be seen and are able to see ahead of them. Many of the Halloween consumes that are sold today are made of dark-colored clothing that is often difficult to see, especially at night. Therefore, equip your child or teen with a flashlight or consider adding reflective tape to their candy bags or costumes so that drivers and others who are out and about can see them. It is equally important that you don’t allow your child to wear a costume that makes it difficult for them to see. If they have a mask that does obstruct their vision, try painting their face instead.
- Plan your trick-or-treat route. Rather than wandering off into unknown areas that may be prone to having drivers speed in, take the time to plan your route and stick with going into areas that you are familiar with that are also known to have plenty of children out trick-or-treating as well.
- Be cautious around animals, especially dogs. When walking through areas where large dogs live, it is important to approach homes with caution as you don’t know how secure the dog is or if it can get out. it is best to avoid any areas that you know have large dogs that are often let out alone to wander, without their owner.
- Only visit homes with their outside lights on. Most people who are open to having trick-or-treaters knock on their door will leave their porch lights on. If the lights are off, it might be an indicator that they don’t want to be bothered. You also will want to remind your children, especially your older ones who might be going out with friends on their own, to never go inside of any home to accept candy or under any other conditions.
- Walk on the sidewalks and stay off of the streets. While you might assume that drivers are going to be cautious and careful on Halloween night, think again. Unfortunately, there are many individuals who disregard the holiday and won’t think twice about speeding down the road despite the fact that kids will be walking in it. Therefore, it is best to stick with sidewalks and if there aren’t any, only walk on the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. The American Red Cross also suggests that you never cut across yards or alleys and never in between parked cars.
- Always check your child’s candy bag before allowing them to eat anything. If you come across any loose candy or packages that have been put together by someone, don’t allow your children to eat it. You may also want to consider discarding any items that weren’t made by a brand you are familiar with.
As excited as your child may be for Halloween, it is important to remember that accidents can and do occur during this time of year. With more and more distracted and drunk motorists out driving, it is essential you take all precautionary measures to ensure your loved ones are safe and out of harm’s way. In the event an accident does occur or has already occurred in Biloxi, MS that has resulted in you or a family member sustaining an injury and it was caused by a negligent individual, you are encouraged to contact a Biloxi, MS accident attorney who can help you understand what your legal rights are.
Every individual involved in an accident has certain rights although many aren’t aware of what they are. One of these is that you are entitled to take legal action against a party who behaved negligently which led to you suffering from physical and/or psychological injuries. To learn more about these rights and how you can exercise yours in an effort to recover compensation, contact USAttorneys.com where you will be connected with an accident lawyer in your area.