Keep Halloween Fun
Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for our kids. But there is also the potential for danger (and not just from rampant werewolves and zombies). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a child is four times more likely to be the victim of a fatal pedestrian accident on Halloween night than on any other night of the year.
Halloween is supposed to be fun. Don’t let anyone in your family become a Halloween pedestrian accident statistic this year. Use our list of simple Halloween tips to keep your family safe.
- Plan your route ahead of time to reduce the number of street crossings.
- Be careful crossing streets. It is best to cross where traffic signals and crosswalks are provided.
- Cars are bigger than you are, take an extra moment to look before crossing. Look left, right and left again before you cross, then continue to look for oncoming cars until you are safely to the other side of the street.
- Carrying a phone with you is a great idea, in the event of an emergency. However, phones and other electronic devices can be a real distraction. Put your phones down and you’re your heads up this Halloween.
- Always walk on well-lit sidewalks or foot paths. If a sidewalk is not available, walk so that you are facing traffic, keeping to the left as far as possible.
- Be on the lookout for cars that are backing-up or turning around.
- Trick-or-Treaters should carry a flashlight or glow stick with them to illuminate your path and increase your visibility to others.
- Young children should not be out at night without adult supervision. Older kids should stick to familiar areas and inform parents or guardians of where they will be, and agree on a time to return.
- Incorporate reflective materials and light colors into the design of the costume.
- When selecting masks or other items that cover a child’s face, choose ones that do not obstruct the child’s vision.
- To prevent falling or tripping, costumes should be the right size and an appropriate weight for the wearer.
- Select costumes that are flame-resistant.
- Avoid costumes that are long and flowing. These can easily get caught in hazards or ignite into flames if accidentally exposed to fire.
- Stay alert and drive cautiously in residential neighborhoods. Kids are excited and may move in unexpected and reckless ways.
- At intersections, take extra time to look for kids approaching or crossing the street.
- When entering or exiting a roadway from a driveway, alley or similar, proceed slowly and carefully.
- Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic.
- Increase visibility by turning your headlights on earlier in the day.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
- As the host of a party, it is important to understand that you are responsible for the safety of those that attend. Learn more about premises liability.
- Keep walkways clear of obstacles and hazards. Candles and decorations are popular this time of the year, restrict their use to non-trafficked areas.
- Make sure guests can see adequately in trafficked areas, and areas where obstacles are present or floor levels change.
- Alcohol is a common part of many Halloween Parties. Be on the lookout for alcohol impaired drivers. If you see one, report it to the police, alcohol related accidents are all too common over Halloween.
- On your trip home, remember that there will be extra pedestrians on the road. Many of whom will be distracted children.
- Safety is everybody’s responsibility. If you see a problem, don’t ignore it.
Halloween Injuries and Accidents
If you or your child is involved in an accident, or is injured this Halloween season, contact the experienced attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm. At Wilshire Law Firm, we handle all types of personal injury, premises liability and auto accident cases. Call today or complete our online form for a free case consultation (800) 522-7274.