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Arizona Trick-or-Treating and Pedestrian Safety

By Breyer Law Offices on October 24, 2016

Halloween is a spooky super fun time of year, but if you have to worry about Arizona trick or treating and pedestrian safety the whole time, it won’t be as fun for you or for your kids. Getting your safety plan together ahead of time can help to ensure that you and your kids have a great time collecting candy, scaring up fun around the neighborhood, and getting into the Halloween spirit.

Arizona Trick or Treating Safety Tips

No matter what the age is of your ghouls and goblins, it’s important to keep them safe when they’re out having fun, and having the right Arizona trick or treating safety tips can make all the difference. There are a lot of different tips and tricks for safety out there on the internet, but not all tips are created equal, and they can distract from the importance of true safety. All kids are different and need different safety plans to help ensure they return home as spooky and happy as they left. While this list may not be inclusive for your kids, it is the right starting point for the right discussions that will help you and your kids create the perfect safety plan for the creepy holiday.

Arizona Trick or Treating Safety Tips for Candy Collection

The biggest draw for Halloween is all of the sweets and the treats, so it’s important for you and your family to have an Arizona trick or treating safety plan for candy collection. But what does that mean?

  • Only go to houses in your neighborhood that you can trust
  • Never enter a home to get your candy or prizes, just stay at the door
  • Don’t go too far from home
  • Don’t take candy from people on the street
  • Don’t pick up candy off the ground, even if it might have just been dropped

Arizona Trick or Treating Safety Tips for Candy Consumption

After you’ve collected all your sweets, treats, and prizes, it’s important to have an Arizona trick or treating safety plan for candy consumption. To your kids, it probably will sound lame, but as a parent, make sure you stick to your guns and to the plan to keep your kids safe.

  • Check all of the candy to make sure it is unopened
  • Throw away all opened candy
  • Throw away anything that appears to have been homemade
  • Throw away any candy that looks as though it may have been tampered with
  • Throw away any treats that may contain ingredients to which your child is allergic

Arizona Trick or Treating Safety Tips for Interacting with Other People

Halloween-time is the time to be interacting with other people, especially in your child’s effort to get as much candy as possible, but to make sure your children are safe, make sure you teach your child these Arizona trick or treating safety tips for interacting with other people while they’re out.

  • As previously noted, make sure your children understand to never enter the home of a stranger where they are trick or treating
  • Ensure that your children are not trick or treating alone, and that if they are young, you or another parent go with them
  • Teach your children not to approach strangers on the street and to go to a nearby house if they feel unsafe
  • Provide your child a way to contact you, like an extra cell phone, in case they are approached by a stranger, and teach them how to handle being approached by strangers, like walking away, getting to a nearby house, or how to call out for help or find a police officer

Arizona Trick or Treating Safety Tips for Costumes

When it comes to Halloween and choosing your kids’ looks, you’ve got to have these Arizona trick or treating safety tips for costumes in mind.

  • Steer clear of costumes with pull cords, especially around the neck, that could catch on trees, bushes, or fences, and choke your child
  • Steer clear of costumes with small parts that present a choking hazard
  • Steer clear of costumes that are super dark or all black, unless you will be adding reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are visible to motorists
  • Steer clear of costumes that are too big for your child, unless you intend to alter the costume, because it can lead to a serious tripping hazard, which could contribute to other incidents, like your child not being able to safely cross the street

Speaking of being able to safely cross the street, it’s also critical for your children, and you, to know how to be safe while walking around the neighborhood.

Arizona Pedestrian Safety Tips for Halloween and Trick or Treating

While Arizona pedestrian safety is important at all times of the year, Halloween and trick or treating bring on a unique set of challenges that parents, neighbors, friends, drivers, and everyone else should take into account. But not everyone puts a higher priority on safety during the festivities and that means you’ve got to take extra care to protect your kids and ensure that they’re ready to make safe choices and have all of the necessary resources for safety available to them. Check out this list of ways you can keep your scary monsters safer, no matter what their age.
Arizona Pedestrian Safety Tips for Young Kids on HalloweenTaking young kids out for Halloween fun means having a special set of rules and guidelines for Arizona pedestrian safety tips just for the occasion. Prepping your children in advance and sticking to your plan every step of the way can help to keep your children safe from the moment they step off your stoop to the moment they come back.

  • Ensure that an adult supervises trick or treating activities for young kids so that they are reminded of pedestrian safety
  • Double down on normal safety: look left-right-left-right-left before crossing the street
  • Cross the street in wide open areas since there may be more cars parked on the streets, blocking motorists’ ability to see you
  • Don’t allow your children to run, even if they’re super excited
  • Have children walk through the neighborhood with masks “up” and bring them into the “on” position only when they approach a house
  • Add reflective tape to all toys and costumes, even if they are brightly colored

Arizona Pedestrian Safety Tips for Older Kids and Teenagers on Halloween

Just because older kids are older doesn’t mean that they don’t need a little guidance on staying safe while out and about for Halloween. Spend time with your older kids and teenagers talking about pedestrian safety tips for Halloween and they just might implement what you suggest.

  • Set rules for how late your kids can stay out on their own; the later they are out, the more likely they are to encounter drunk or fatigued drivers, even in the neighborhood
  • Implement the masks “up” rule for older kids, ensuring that they have full visibility while walking and crossing streets, and only have masks in “on” mode when approaching a home
  • Set a plan for the route your kids will follow and talk about how to be safe at every corner, intersection, and crossing they will encounter
  • Help older kids choose costumes that are conducive to “cool” reflective additions that will keep them visible

What Should I Do if My Child Was Injured on Halloween?

Whether you and your family created a strong Arizona trick or treating and pedestrian safety plan for Halloween or not, there’s always a chance that the negligent actions of others could result in injuries to your children, ruining the holiday and all the fun they were having. If your child was injured, you may be confused and upset but it is important to keep a clear head and have a plan for the next steps that you must take in order to help your child through their recovery and ensure that the person or persons responsible for your child’s injuries are held accountable for their actions.

  • Get medical help for your child’s injuries. If your child was injured while trick or treating it is important to get appropriate medical attention as quickly as possible. Whether the injuries came from candy or prizes, being hit by a car, being injured by a costume malfunction, or any other type of incident, your child needs to be seen by a qualified doctor to determine the extent of their injuries and to ensure that they receive proper medical care.
  • Alert the police. Depending on the nature of your child’s injuries, it may be necessary to alert the police to the accident. This is especially important if your child was hit by a vehicle, was hurt by another person, or was injured by candy or prizes given out by a neighbor.
  • Talk to your child and help them to understand that the accident was not their fault and that their only responsibility is to tell the truth about what happened and to work on their recovery.
  • Speak to a skilled personal injury attorney. If your child’s injuries were the result of the negligent actions of another person, it is important to reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney as quickly as possible.

And remember, it’s just as easy to be the parent of a child injured as it is to be the driver, so be prepared to practice your Arizona trick or treating safe driving skills, too.

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