With all the kiddos out running around out there tonight, we would like to take a moment to share some of our holiday “best practices” with you to ensure that everyone makes it home safe at the end of the night. Here are a few simple safety tips to make sure you stay safe tonight:
Stay Home if at All Possible
There are no two ways about it, tonight is going to be hectic. You have a bunch of kids, hopped up on sugar, in outfits that restrict both their movement and vision, wandering/running around in the dark, near the street, with parents who are often trying to watch more children than they safely can. This can be a recipe for disaster, so if you don’t need to go out tonight, don’t. The fewer people out running around in the dark, the better. Turn of the porch light, hunker down, and wait for the festivities to be over.
Head to Church
Instead of celebrating the darkness, head to church and let your light shine. Many houses of worship throw their own Halloween alternatives, and what could be better than a little fellowship on a cold October evening?
Go In a Group
If you must go out, try to get the whole family and some friends together. Make sure your groups consists of at the least 3-4 people. It’s dark, there is a lot going on, and not everyone has the best intention on “All Hallows Eve”. Every extra set of eyes is a bonus.
Bring A Light (or Three!)
With everything going on in the dark, all sources of light are your friends. Flashlights, Glowsticks, Headlamps, Bike Flashers… all are fair game. This will ensure that not only will you be able to see where you are going, but the plethora of cars cruising the street can see you as well. If you want to take safety to the next level, attached some reflective tape to your clothing (this is especially true for the little ones) for an added degree of visibility.
Drive Slower Than Usual
With all the extra people stumbling around in the dark, you really should slow down quite a bit. There is obviously a lot of extra pedestrian traffic on the streets, combine that with a bunch of excited children, and you a have a situation primed for potential disaster. Turn your headlights on earlier than you normally would and drive 5 to 10 MPH slower to make you see that kid darting out from between the parked cars to join his or her friends across the street.
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