Halloween Safety Tips for Everyone

Halloween can be a lot of fun. Dressing up. Getting candy. Watching scary movies. Spending time with friends, walking the kids around the neighborhood – or just staying home and passing out candy. No matter how you spend Halloween night, it’s important to be safe. People may be out driving around, or pulling pranks, or staying out later than normal. Here are tips to be safe no matter what your Halloween plans are this year.

For Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Watch for cars. Before you run across the street to the next house you want to go to, be sure to look both ways. If you have small children, hold their hands tightly and make sure they understand basic road safety rules.
  • Walk on the sidewalk, whenever possible. Walking in the street puts you in more danger, so try to stick to sidewalks and paths.
  • Use reflective tape, glow sticks or lights. This can help other people and cars see you so that you are more visible in the dark night.

For Party-Goers:

  • Don’t drink and drive. It puts you and others at risk. Get a ride home if you’ve been drinking.

For the Rest of Us:

  • Slow down and watch out. As you drive home from work, a party or trick-or-treating at another neighborhood, drive slowly and watch for people darting across the street.
  • Keep your yard hazard free. It’s fun to decorate for Halloween, and even to go all-out with those decorations. But it’s important to ensure there are no items people may trip on or fall on top of and injure themselves.
  • Don’t use your phone while driving. Many people still reach for their devices, but especially on Halloween leave those out of reach so you aren’t tempted. You want to be able to pay attention to the road – and the trick-or-treaters.

Now that you know the basics of Halloween safety, you’ll be able to go out (or stay in) and have a great night. It’s a school/work night this year, so that may mean the celebrations end a little earlier – or not! But be sure to stay safe and enjoy the Halloween festivities in your area!

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