Trick-or-Treat night is just around the corner, and parents and kids all around Las Vegas are gearing up for the excitement.
City officials and others are putting out annual reminders, however, about what it takes to keep everybody safe as they move through the dark. They’re urging parents to accompany their children as they go from house to house and enforce some important safety rules.
5 safety essentials for Halloween
Whether you’re walking around little ghosts and ghouls or you have teens, there are some basics everybody should adhere to:
- Stick to sidewalks: Plan your route so that the kids can stick to the sidewalks as much as possible. You want to avoid streets that don’t have them.
- Obey all signals: Make sure that your children understand how crosswalks work and know to obey the traffic signals. They need to wait for the “walk” sign, no matter how excited they are. Remind them to never dart across the street without looking both ways.
- Make sure costumes fit: Well-fitting costumes aren’t just about aesthetics – they’re also a safety issue. Long costumes that drag on the ground can trip kids when they’re rushing to cross streets.
- Carry a light: Reflective strips on bags and bright costumes can help make children more visible, but the best thing you can do is invest in some bendable glowsticks that can be attached around wrists or worn like necklaces. That will help drivers spot them when they cross the streets.
- Keep the electronics pocketed: If you have older kids walking around with younger ones, make sure that your teens know not to have their cellphones in their hands while they walk. That’s a distraction that could prove deadly if they’re looking away when a car comes down the street.
Drivers, too, are being urged to exercise a little extra caution in residential neighborhoods after dark during trick-or-treat hours, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll listen. If you or your child are injured due to a driver’s mistake, find out more about your legal options by seeking legal guidance promptly.