Posted on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 11:42 pm
It is almost that time of year again when the little ghouls and ghosts come out to collect candy from their neighbors and friends. Halloween is a great holiday for children and adults. However, Halloween can also be a very dangerous holiday for children. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be killed in a pedestrian accident than any other day of the year.
Below are safety tips that can help keep you and your family safe while you are enjoying Halloween.
Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable Halloween in Sacramento
- Never allow children to trick-or-treat alone. Children don’t understand the dangers of traffic. Because of their excitement, children may dart out into traffic or fail to take precautions when crossing the road.
- Avoid masks when choosing a costume because masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Face paint or makeup is a better choice for costumes.
- Choose light colored clothing when possible. Make children more visible by using reflective tape or stickers on costumes, carry a flashlight, wear glow-in-the-dark jewelry, and use flashing LED lights. You can also paint their pumpkins with fluorescent paint to help them be more visible to drivers.
- Always stay on sidewalks or pathways and cross streets at corners, intersections, or crosswalks.
- Take children not to run and to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
- Avoid all forms of distractions — leave cell phones in pockets and don’t use headphones.
- Trick-or-treat in groups because groups are more visible to motorists than a single person.
- Teach children to wait to eat candy until they are at home and you have checked the candy. Unless you know the person, it may be best to throw away any items that appear to be homemade. Also, discard candy that is not individually wrapped or appears to be tampered with in any way.
If you are concerned about your child trick-or-treating, you could host a Halloween party for your child’s friends. Many activities are affordable and easy to do to keep children entertained. You can also take advantage of one of the many fall festivals or Halloween events throughout the Sacramento area.
Drivers Slow Down on Halloween
Drivers also need to slow down on Halloween and be extra cautious. If you are driving, stay alert and avoid all distractions — no cell phone, no loud music, etc. Beware of children who might dart into traffic or run across the road at an intersection. Be very careful if you are driving during the “prime” trick-or-treat hours, which are usually between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. As always, never drink and drive!
Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyers
We hope you have a safe Halloween, but if a negligent driver injures you, our Sacramento personal injury attorneys are here for you. Call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website. Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.