The Montgomery Police Department will be combing the streets alongside our little ghosts and goblins to help ensure that everyone has a safe Halloween. Statistics show that your child is four times more likely to be the victim of a pedestrian accident in Montgomery on Halloween than during any other night of the year.
Our Montgomery pedestrian accident attorneys understand that this year the holiday is celebrated on a Monday. Even though it's a school night, nothing's going to stop our wizards and witches from suiting up and gathering candy from neighbors. Neither the City nor the Mayor can dictate when a holiday is celebrated, so Monday it is!
There are a few safety tips that we would like to share with you to help keep your family safe on the 31st. Costumes should be some of your top concerns. It's important to make sure that everyone's in comfortable shoes and that costumes aren't too long. No one needs to trip over Dracula's cape. It's also important that the costumes are made of flame-resistant material and that all props, including sword and knives, are made of soft materials that won't injure anyone.
"One of the biggest mistakes parents make is ... they don't think through the safety of the costumes their children wear," said Julie Farmer, a child safety expert with Children's of Alabama in Birmingham.
It's also important for everyone to discuss the dangers of passing traffic. Children are extremely vulnerable when it comes to car-pedestrian accidents on Halloween night. Talk with them about the risks and the dangers of vehicles.
Pedestrian safety tips to share with your little mummy before trick-or-treating:
-Wear light-colored clothing so that you're more visible to cars. It's also wise to attach reflective tape to your costume or to carry a flashlight.
-Plan a route. It's important to go door-to-door with a plan. Plan a route that's away from heavy traffic and that has sidewalks.
-Make sure everyone walks. Running increases your risks of falling and seriously hurting yourself.
-Always cross the street at a crosswalk or at a street corner.
-Young children should always be accompanied by a supervising adult.
-Children should never dart out from behind a parked car.
-Only trick-or-treat in neighborhoods that are well-lit.
-Wear face makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct vision.
-Be sure to look left and right before crossing the street. Continue doing so as you cross.
By following these safety tips, we can help to prevent a real scare this Halloween -- or a tragedy. Parents are urged to talk with children before heading out to trick-or-treat to help ensure that everyone makes it home safely.
As we ask pedestrians to be safe on our roadways, we also ask that motorists be extra cautious when driving on Halloween night. Drive slowly through residential areas and keep a close eye out for the little gremlins that will be haunting our streets.
Lastly, remember to inspect your child's candy before allowing them to eat any. Throw out any pieces that have been opened or look like they've been tampered with.
Our Montgomery personal injury attorneys and the staff at our law offices wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!