Halloween is arguably one of the most exciting holidays for children to celebrate, as they get to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and receive loads of candy along the way. But as the children have their fun, you must be their eyes and ears. In other words, you must practice an abundance of care to ensure that the children remain safe while trick or treating. Continue reading to learn how you can ensure your child’s safety this Halloween and how an experienced Toronto slip and fall lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can step in if need be.
As a parent, how can I ensure my child’s safety this Halloween?
As your children are walking door to door for trick-or-treating, they will essentially be viewed as pedestrians on the Toronto sidewalks and roads. So, you must ensure that you are supervising them at all times. For one, you should always hold your child’s hand while crossing the street. With this, you should only cross the street at established crosswalks and abide by pedestrian traffic signals.
In addition, you should try to walk alongside your child, especially if there is no designated sidewalk. With this, you should be walking on the side of traffic while your child is walking closer to the curb. This is all while walking facing traffic and staying as far to the left as possible.
Lastly, you should always be on the lookout for cars driving down the street, reversing out of driveways, or otherwise. With this, you should teach your child to not get near moving cars and to not cross the street between two parked cars, among other things.
As a driver, how can I ensure children remain safe this Halloween?
You may not have a child to take trick-or-treating. Regardless, it is likely that you will still be out on the roads this October 31st; ultimately sharing them with small children walking about. And with how excited children can get while trick-or-treating, there is a high probability that they may unexpectedly jump out on the roads, or otherwise act carelessly. Without further ado, it may be in your best interest to observe the following safety tips:
- You should drive well below the enforced speed limit in residential neighborhoods.
- You should take extra time to look both ways after coming to a complete stop at a stop sign.
- You should significantly reduce your speed and proceed with caution when encountering an intersection.
- You should turn your headlights on especially early in the evening.
- You should avoid driving your car through large leaf piles or otherwise.
In the end, the first step that you should take in your legal action is to retain the services of a skilled Ontario personal injury lawyer. So call us at Merricks Law Group, P.A. today.