personal-injury-lawyer-halloween-safety-orlando-flHalloween is a spooky time of year where kids dress up and go trick or treating, while adults dress up and have their own fun or go out to chaperone their kids. It’s a time to have fun, but more than that, it’s an opportunity to review safety tips and keep the focus on being aware and safe when you hit the streets this Halloween.

We’ve gathered up some tips to help you stay safe on this holiday. After all, this is one of the most dangerous times of the year for pedestrians. According tp the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, incidents with drunk drivers and pedestrian accidents go way up on Halloween.

Unfortunately, the odds of an incident happening on Halloween for kids rises to nearly double. That’s why it’s so important to be safe and prepared. Read on to find our Trick or Treat safety tips and be safe this Halloween!

Stay visible.
If you have to put a vest on while walking with the kids, it’s going to be a great help to making you more visible. Whether impaired or not, drivers may not always be able to see well in the dark. Make sure that you’re visible by either donning a best or getting reflective armbands, stickers or tape at specialty stores. Walking carrying a flashlight will also help you be vastly more visible to the average driver.

Make sure your child can see.
All too often costumes cover the face. Whether by fabric or by a mask, be sure that your child can see before heading out to Trick or Treat.

Make sure your child is chaperoned.
Whether you or another parent, be sure that there is going to be at least one adult chaperone present. If you do not feel confident about the chaperone’s awareness or abilities, volunteer to go along too. That way you can keep an eye on things instead of leaving it to that one parent that is well-intentioned but kind of scatterbrained.

Talk to your child about the importance of sticking to the sidewalks.
One of the riskiest things kids can do is openly walk in the street. Even if it’s just a side road or a suburban neighborhood, cars cannot always see them! As most kids are under four feet tall, this also ups the risk of them not being visible and being hit by a car. Ask them to promise to keep to the sidewalks if going out with friends or go along and be sure of it.

Keep them vigilant.
Reminds your kids to always be aware of their surroundings. Advise them to never go inside to a stranger’s house while Trick or Treating– they’re to stay outside the door on the steps only. While the holiday is fun, young children should never “wait” inside the home of someone they don’t know. Impress to them the importance of this.

Trick or Treat in familiar areas.
The more you know an area, the safer you’ll be. Try to go for low-traffic areas as well for Trick or Treating.

Always be aware and talk to your kids about Halloween safety before going out. Make sure they know the rules and are aware that they need to look out for traffic and strangers. If you’ve been involved in an incident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Payas, Payas, and Payas today.