Halloween is here! Along with all the costumes, preparation, and candy, we need to keep safety on our top list of priorities. During this time of year, parents need to go over safety rules with their children before trick-or-treating begins and drivers need to be more aware than ever.
Here are some safety precautions for children, parents, and driver to follow to make this year’s Halloween a successful one.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths and cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and the designated crosswalks. Look both ways when crossing and make sure your electronic devices are away so they do not take your eyes off of the road.
- Teach children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up, and to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Younger children should not be alone at night without adult supervision. Create a parent group to go out trick-or-treating so you become a part of all the fun.
- Drivers need to slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways, so as a driver it’s your responsibility to see them. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
Halloween is an exciting time of year for everyone. Together, we are all responsible- as pedestrians and drivers to make this year’s Halloween a safe and successful one.