Tips To Avoid Pedestrian and Traffic Accidents This Halloween Season
The season of witches and ghouls is once again upon us. Halloween is known for its mischief and mayhem, but it’s always important to keep safety in mind. Protect your loved ones and property this holiday season.
Pedestrian & Driver Safety
Trick-or-treaters and distracted drivers make for a very dangerous combination. As children and parents alike flock en masse over Gulfport and Biloxi neighborhoods, the risk of traffic accidents occurring will rise. Drivers should be hyper-vigilant when dealing with large crowds on dark nights. Obey all traffic laws, drive at a slow speed through residential areas and account for darting children.
October means local attractions such as the Tower of Terror in Gulfport, which opened recently to large crowds. Pedestrians should keep in mind a few key safety measures this Halloween:
- Add reflective tape to costumes, particularly if the costume is dark colored. This will help drivers be more able to see trick-or-treaters in the dark.
- Use a flashlight.
- Make sure masks are well-fitting and does not obstruct the field of vision.
- Use sidewalks and crosswalks.
- Walk – do not run.
- Be aware of vehicles and always look both ways before crossing the street.
Other Potential Safety Concerns
Halloween season brings other potential safety concerns. Keep yourself and your family safe by following some simple trick-or-treat rules, including:
- Be aware of potential allergic reactions to costumes and accessories. Test all makeup and items such as fangs prior to the night of.
- Examine all treats before digging in. Small toys can cause choking and some children may have allergic reactions to candies being handed out. If you or your child has a severe food allergy such as wheat or peanut, be sure to carefully read all ingredient lists prior to consumption.
- Use the “buddy system.” Don’t let your children go out alone.
- Stay in safe places. Only let your children trick-or-treat at homes where the residents are known and the houses have outside lights on.
Halloween is the perfect opportunity to teach children important lessons on safety and responsibility. Common sense is important when celebrating. Do not put yourself or your loved ones in unnecessary danger while enjoying a night out.
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Be safe while you are out enjoying the Halloween festivities, but if you or a loved one is injured while celebrating Halloween, the dedicated team at the Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi may be able to help. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we can work with you to recover compensation for your pain and suffering and get you the help that you need to get back to living your life.