Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids — Stay Safe With These Tips
Some people celebrate Halloween by renting a limo or party bus and hitting downtown wearing their most elaborate costumes. Others will be walking door-to-door with young children and trick-or-treating around their neighborhood. What do these two groups have in common? They will both be on the road and need to be cautious of the people around them.
Even if you’re hosting a spooky party or simply handing out candy, please keep Halloween safety on your radar. Twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween night than on any other night of the year, so it’s important to be informed and take precautions to promote safety. We’ve all seen safety tips for children on Halloween, but here are some good reminders for adults.
Share the Road with Trick-or-Treaters
If you’re walking, always use crosswalks and sidewalks. Carry a flashlight, and never cross between cars or large bushes and trees. If you’re driving, always watch for children crossing the street and jaywalking. It’s not uncommon for a child to dart across a yard or even across the road without looking both ways. Drive slowly in neighborhoods and be sure to follow the speed limit even on busier roads. Don’t pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway, as they could be dropping off children. If you are going door-to-door or dropping off and picking up your kids, pull to a safe spot on the side of road and turn on your hazard lights to alert other motorists. And this should go without saying, but don’t text and drive. It’s now illegal in Texas, as a statewide ban on texting and driving went into effect on Sept. 1.
Party Like a (Responsible) Rock Star
At adult events, everyone wants to have a good time, but don’t let parties get out of hand. If you serve alcohol, you may be responsible for accidents, and you may be liable if anyone is injured on your property. Make sure sober people volunteer to be designated driver and take the keys away from anyone who may be inclined to drive. Never get behind the wheel after you’ve had alcohol.
Yards & Pets Need Attention Too
If you have a house, clear your lawn, sideways and steps any tripping hazards such as electric cords or water hoses. It’s also a good idea to light your entry and pathways so those coming in and out of your house can see well. Also, put your pets away for the night. The sights and sounds of Halloween can be frightening or confusing to dogs and cats, which could lead to unexpected aggressive behavior.
We hope you have a fun and safe time celebrating Halloween this year!