Halloween can be an exciting time of year for kids but there are dangers that all children should be made aware of to ensure they have a safe but fun Halloween.
Our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys are devoted to educating children about avoiding dangerous situations while enjoying Halloween.
According to Safekids.org children are twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.
For that reason children should be particularly careful when crossing the street. An important way to ensure a safe crossing is to cross at street corners and not in the middle of a street.
It is also preferable if children cross using crosswalks and traffic signals to control the flow of traffic.
As always when crossing the street, you should look left, right and then left again prior to crossing a street. As you are crossing the street children should continue to scan the roadway for vehicles.
Additionally, when crossing the street put all electronic devices away and keep your head up. You should also remove headphones so that you can hear an oncoming vehicles.
When crossing the street be sure not to run but walk across. Also, if you are crossing in front of a stopped or parked vehicle make eye contact with the driver before proceeding in front of it.
When walking along the roadway be sure to walk on paths or sidewalks. If there are no dedicated paths for pedestrians to walk on then walk facing oncoming traffic as far to the left of the roadway as possible. When planning a trick or treating route limit the number of times you cross the street.
Always look out for cars that are turning or backing up. When a driver is turning or backing up they may find it difficult to see you and may be distracted looking for other vehicles.
Children under the age of twelve should not trick or treat alone at night without adult supervision.
Costumes should be creative but make sure they contain reflective tape and stickers to be as visible as possible to drivers.
Kids should always carry a flashlight or glow sticks to light their path and help avoid tripping over unseen obstacles.
According to Education.com Children should carry cellphones in case of emergency and check in with their parents at regular intervals. If you choose to deviate from your pre-planned route be sure to call your parents and let them know where you are going.
When accepting candy it is important to never go inside of someone’s house except in the case of a very serious emergency. This includes older siblings friends and neighbors and especially strangers.
You should wait until you get home to eat your candy. That way mom and dad can make sure it’s safe to eat. Any candy that has an open wrapper should be discarded immediately.
If you have suffered an injury, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for advice about your rights. Call for a free consultation at 1-800-887-1965.
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