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Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Families

5 Tips for Halloween Pedestrian Safety

Families who choose to trick-or-treat on Halloween may be put at risk by motorists on the road. If you’re looking for ways to keep your kids safe when walking around the neighborhood this year, here are some tips to consider:

1. Stay on the Sidewalk

The best way to avoid being involved in a pedestrian accident while trick-or-treating is to stay on the sidewalk whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks in your neighborhood, walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming cars. Remember to look both ways before crossing the street at intersections and marked crosswalks.

2. Increase Visibility

Whether walking or driving on Halloween, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and make yourself as visible as possible. If you’re trick-or-treating with young children, consider carrying a flashlight or using reflective tape on their costumes and candy bags. For added safety, have them wear brightly colored clothing.

3. Stay in Familiar Areas

Families should trick-or-treat in familiar areas that they know well. If you’re planning to visit a new neighborhood, take some time to map out a route in advance. Stick to well-lit streets and avoid shortcuts through dark alleyways or wooded areas.

4. Be Cautious of Animals

Animals can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be cautious around them when trick-or-treating. If you see a loose dog, do not approach it. Instead, try to find the owner or notify authorities. It’s also a good idea to avoid houses with aggressive dogs in the yard.

5. Discuss Safety with Your Kids Before Leaving the House

Before heading out for the night, sit down with your kids and go over basic safety rules, such as staying together as a group, walking on the sidewalk, and crossing at intersections. Remind them to only accept candy that’s been securely wrapped, unopened and to not eat any until they’re back at home.

Steele Adams Hosman wishes your family a fun and safe Halloween. If you need legal assistance following a collision with a negligent driver, we can help you pursue justice. Schedule a free consultation with a member of our team today by calling (801) 999-1506.