Do you have kids going Trick or Treating in California? Being safe on Halloween is very important, and can be done by following basic safety rules for you and your kids.
Make sure that you and your kids use basic road safety. This includes holding hands, looking both ways before crossing roads, wearing reflective gear, and paying attention to surroundings. Keep your eyes up and aware and refrain from looking at your electronics for extended periods. Walk on sidewalks when possible and keep your eyes on any cars that might be pulling out of driveways.
Any child under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult. If your child is mature enough to go alone, verify the safety of the areas he or she will be.
Most kids will have costumes on, and making costumes safe is fairly easy. Have them with lighter colors, makeup instead of masks for easier seeing, add glowsticks or flashlights, and check the length to prevent tripping.
Most areas trick or treat between 530 PM and 930 PM, so it is important to be more aware when driving on Halloween. Keep distractions to a minimum, make eye contact with kids and adults who are walking to verify they saw your car, and be extra cautious pulling in or out of driveways. Kids also tend to forget road safety, so watch sidewalks and neighborhood roads for kids who may run into the street on accident.
Halloween can be a fun holiday, but please take precautions and get home safely. You can find more tips at SafeKids.org.
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