Safety Tips to Protect Your Child on Halloween
Fall is a fun time of year for children and their parents. As the weather turns a little cooler, there are plenty of area activities to participate in, such as hayrides, corn mazes, and haunted houses. Children in particular look forward to Halloween, with the opportunity to dress up in elaborate costumes while collecting loads of goodies and treats. Unfortunately, it is also the time when children are most at risk for pedestrian injuries due to car accidents, which can leave them suffering permanent and potentially life threatening harm. To protect young trick or treaters, we have collected some simple safety tips for parents and area motorists to follow.
Halloween Safety Tips for Parents
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be the victims of fatal pedestrian accidents over Halloween than at any other time of year. These accidents can occur while they are out trick or treating in local neighborhoods, as well as when attending other seasonal events. To help ensure their safety, parents are encouraged to do the following:
- Talk to your children about the dangers of car accidents and traffic on Halloween. Give them a refresher course on safety tips, such as only crossing at designated intersections and looking both ways before venturing onto the road.
- Do not allow children under the age of 12 to go out trick or treating without an adult. Make sure older children go out in a group of friends, and have them check in frequently.
- Modify costumes to ensure they fit properly and consider using makeup rather than a mask or wigs, which could prevent them from seeing where they are going.
- Even if your community offers daylight hours for trick or treating, use reflective tape on your child’s costume and have them carry a flashlight.
Driver Safety Tips for Halloween
Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, causing lasting heartache and loss for everyone involved. If you plan to be out on Halloween night, be aware of the potential dangers. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles advises all drivers to follow these tips:
- Stay alert. Even areas which do not see a good deal of pedestrian traffic are more likely to be busy on Halloween. Avoid driver distractions and be ready to respond as needed.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Children have the dangerous habit of suddenly darting into traffic. Keep an eye out for trick or treaters on sidewalks as well as on porches and lawns.
- Go slow. Children require additional time to cross streets and intersections. Go slower than the speed limit in residential neighborhoods, and allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination to avoid the temptation to drive aggressively.
For our West Palm Beach injury attorney, the safety of you and your loved ones is a top priority. When accidents and injuries do occur, contact Gregg Wexler right away. We offer free consultations to discuss your case, and can advise you on the best course of action to get the compensation you deserve.