Oklahoma Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Oct 28, 2015 in Personal Injury
Halloween is just a few days away, and kids across Oklahoma are getting their costumes ready for a fun night of trick-or-treating, haunted houses and Halloween-themed parties. Halloween is an exciting holiday for young children, and many parents too! While you're getting into to the season with pumpkin carvings, candy apples, spooky decorations and funny costumes, don't forget to keep your kids safe.
The biggest danger for children on Halloween is getting hit by a car. There are more than twice as many child pedestrians on the streets on Oct. 31 than normal, and according to the American Automobile Association, it is also when the most pedestrian fatalities occur.
To help you and your family have a fun and safe night, The Edwards Law Firm has prepared these simple tips to avoid an accident.
Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips For Parents & Children:
- Stay visible Children are already hard to see as a result of being shorter. If they are walking around at night in a dark costume it will make it that much harder for a motorist to spot them. Use reflective tape and pin-on flashing lights to make your kids easier to see.
- Supervise young children For kids under 12, make sure there is an adult walking with them while they trick-or-treat. Children five and under should definitely have close supervision, and try to get them out early while the sun is still out and before rush hour drivers are returning.
- Plan a route Discuss the route your children will walk ahead of time. Advise them to stick to the sidewalk and not wander into the road. For older children, give them a strict curfew to return home by.
Halloween Safety for Drivers:
- Slow down There will be children running around, darting into the road and not paying attention. Make sure to drive slowly, especially in residential neighborhoods.
- Eliminate distractions Don't eat, talk on your phone or play around with your radio while driving. You will have to pay extra attention this day.
- Avoid prime time The biggest time for trick-or-treating is between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. One less car on the road will help reduce to possibility of tragedy. Try to avoid unnecessary travel.
The Edwards Law Firm wishes you and your family a safe and happy Halloween. If you are in need of a personal injury attorney, call us today at 1-800-304-9246 We will fight for the justice you deserve.
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