Is your child ready for Halloween? Halloween is a great holiday for children because they can dress up in a costume and get lots of free candy. However, Halloween is one of the most dangerous holidays for children. Many children are injured each year in pedestrian accidents. Parents need to take steps to help reduce the risk of injury for their children.
Halloween Tips to Keep Your Children Safe
As you are preparing for a safe and enjoyable Halloween in Fresno, please keep these safety tips in mind:
- Make your child as visible as possible to motorists. Paint the pumpkin with fluorescent paint, carry flashlights, wear shoes that flashlight when walking, use glow-in-the-dark accessories, or use flashing LED lights. You can also decorate costumes and bags with reflective stickers and tape. Whenever possible, choose brightly colored clothing for costumes.
- Always trick-or-treat with an adult. Children do not understand the dangers of traffic. Trick-or-treating in groups is safer than trick-or-treating alone.
- Cross roads at intersections and crosswalks. Always use sidewalks and pathways whenever possible.
- Watch for vehicles that are backing up or turning around. Some parents follow their trick-or-treaters in their vehicles, so watch for vehicles that may seem parked but begin moving without notice.
- Teach children to make eye contact with motorists before they cross the street in front of a vehicle.
- Avoid distractions when walking — leave electronic devices in pockets, don’t run, and always pay attention to your surroundings.
- If possible, use makeup and face paint instead of masks. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic.
- Inspect your child’s costume to ensure there are no tripping hazards. Make sure the costume fits properly to avoid falls.
Instead of trick-or-treating, you may want to host a party at your home this year. You can team up with several other parents to throw a party so that children can enjoy Halloween without the risks associated with trick-or-treating. Another way to enjoy Halloween in Fresno is to attend one of the Halloween events in Fresno or the Central California Valley area.
Halloween Driving Tips
If you are driving on Halloween, you need to be extra cautious because of the number of children who will be out and about that night.
- Slow down and avoid all distractions. Don’t use your cell phone or any other electronic device while driving.
- When approaching an intersection, slow down and look for children. Before proceeding through an intersection, check again to make sure there are no children about to cross the street.
- Be aware that children may dart out into the road without notice. Pay special attention in neighborhoods and where there are vehicles parked along the road that could obstruct your view of a child and the child’s view of traffic.
- Never drink and drive on Halloween or any other night.
- Turn on your headlights earlier that day so that children and adults can see your vehicle at a greater distance.
Fresno And Central California Valley Personal Injury Lawyers
We hope you have a safe Halloween, but if you are injured, we are here to help. Contact Torem & Associates by telephone at (559) 500-5000 or 1-800-954-4444 or online by using the contact form on our website. Visit our new Fresno office located at 3649 W. Beechwood Ave., #104, Fresno, CA 93711.