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Halloween is an exciting time of year when both children and adults alike get to dress up and have some fun. With that said, Halloween is also a busy night with a lot of added hazards to be aware of. To ensure everyone has a fun, exciting and safe Halloween this year, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips for all those looking to take part in the festivities this October 31st.

For Motorists

With Halloween comes an increase in pedestrian traffic on our city streets. This is largely due to trick-or-treaters making their way from house to house. If you’re out driving on the evening of Halloween, consider these tips:

  • Avoid driving in residential areas while children are out trick-or-treating, with peak activity likely between 6 – 9 p.m.
  • If you must drive in a residential area, remember to:
    • Use extreme caution and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
    • Drive slowly.
    • drive distracted.
    • Slow down at crosswalks and intersections.
    • Keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters who may be crisscrossing from house to house.
    • Do a full look around before putting your vehicle in reverse when exiting your driveway.

For Parents

Parents play an important role in keeping their children safe on Halloween. Whether you’ve been taking your children trick-or-treating for years or it’s your very first time out, consider these helpful tips:

  • Don’t let your child go trick-or-treating alone. Depending on their age, accompany them yourself or ensure they go out as part of a group.
  • Before going out, remind your children of street safety rules like staying on the sidewalk, crossing only at designated crosswalks and looking both ways before crossing a street.
  • Avoid dark costumes that may be difficult for motorists to see at night. If your child does wear a dark coloured costume, add reflective tape or other reflective items to the outfit and carry a light.
  • Avoid costumes with masks so your child’s view is not obstructed in any way. A great alternative to a face mask is face paint.
  • Ensure you inspect your children’s treats before eating. Throw away any unwrapped or unsealed treats.

For Adults

Halloween can be just as fun for adults as it is for children. If you’re planning to attend a Halloween party this year, check out these tips to staying safe on your night out:

  • Never drink and drive. Plan a safe ride home at the beginning of the night to ensure you get home safe.
  • If you are taking a cab or ride share service to or from a party, use caution when hailing a driver and when entering and exiting the vehicle.
  • Avoid costumes that cover your face and could obstruct your view.

For Homeowners

Homeowners have a responsibility to keep their properties safe. With so many different people visiting your home and property on Halloween, it’s important to use extra caution. You can increase the safety of your home by:

  • Keeping all walkways clear and unobstructed.
  • Keeping exterior lights turned on.
  • Keeping your pets inside and away from trick-or-treaters.

Contact Harrison Pensa

Injuries can take place anywhere and at any time, even on Halloween. If your fun is interrupted by an injury caused by the negligence of someone else, contact Harrison Pensa as soon as possible. Our experienced lawyers can help you understand your legal options, get started on building a strong case and work to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact our professional team today by phone at 1-855-744-9228 or by email at personalinjurygroup@harrisonpensa.com.

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