Thursday is going to be a busy night for a lot of us, so we thought we’d share a few safety tips for those on the road!
For those behind the wheel:
- Expect the unexpected. The chance of a collision increases when there are lots of kids on the streets.
- Drive slowly, and don’t overtake vehicles that have stopped.
- Communicate with other drivers and always use your turn signals. If you must pull over and stop, turn on your hazard lights.
- Yield to pedestrians: our young ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes may be so excited that they forget some basic safety rules when crossing the street.
- Avoid distractions – it only takes a second for a child to jump in front of your vehicle.
- Anticipate more foot traffic on Halloween night, so give yourself extra time to get where you need to go.
We’ve got the road safety covered – now a few tips for the trick-or treaters:
- Try to choose a costume that is bright or reflective.
- Don’t forget to look both ways when crossing streets and only cross at corners and crosswalks.
- Brighten up: please make sure you have flashlights and/or glow sticks to increase visibility.
Lastly, we know a few animal owners, so here’s a few tips for you:
- Keep human treats out of your pets reach – candy is not good for animals, particularly chocolate.
- Be mindful that dressing your pet in a costume may make them uncomfortable or inhibit their ability to communicate. This may cause dogs to display fearful or worst aggressive behaviour.
- Leave domestic animals inside so they have fewer opportunities to interact with trick-or-treaters. Fireworks and costumes can be terrifying for pets, potentially causing them to run away from home.