Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights out of the entire year for pedestrian accidents in Modesto and elsewhere, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
"Whether walking or driving, AAA urges all road users to utilize extra caution, be mindful of their surroundings and celebrate responsibly," said Linda Gorman, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for AAA.
Our Modesto pedestrian accident lawyers are asking parents take care of their little ghost and goblins on this dangerous night. Make sure that you talk with them about the risks and make sure to share with them some simple safety tips to help keep everyone safe out there. The Modesto Police Department is here with some of these tips.
Halloween Safety Tips:
-Before heading out to go trick-or-treating, plan out your route. Make sure you choose a route that's well-lit, that has safe crosswalks or street corners, that is away from fast-moving traffic and that you are familiar with the area.
-Drivers are asked to be cautious of pedestrians during this time of the year, especially in residential neighborhoods. Travel through these areas slowly.
-Make sure that everyone's costume is safe. You should tie up loose ends, wear comfortable shoes, keep masks away and use face paint and make sure that everyone can be easily seen by passing traffic.
-Always walk along a sidewalk when there is one available. Don't walk on people's yards.
-Use fake candles or even glow sticks in your jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard. When using actual fire, never leave it unattended.
-Avoid using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props are used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
-Never allow young trick-or-treaters to venture out on their own. Make sure they're supervised by a responsible adult.
-Always carry a cell phone with you should you encounter an emergency.
-Stay away from people and pets that you don't know.
-Instruct children to only take candy from the doorstep. Never go into a home of someone who you do not know.
-Allow parents to look at candy before it's consumed. Get rid of candy that has been open, that has been tampered with or items that can serve as a choking hazard.
During this time of the year, and especially on Halloween night, drivers are asked to be careful out there. Slow down, especially when driving through residential neighborhoods, and be on the lookout for little ghosts and goblins. Avoid driving at night if you can. If not, try to stay out of neighborhoods, but be on your best behavior when leaving or entering yours. Safety on All Hallow's Eve is a joint effort and takes cooperation for everyone.