Romanow Law Group wishes the people of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania a safe and happy Halloween. Remember that motorists are not used to sharing the roadway with pedestrians dressed up in spooky Halloween costumes. Following these safety tips will help ensure that trick-or-treaters avoid injury:
1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Always trick-or-treat with a parent or other adult supervision.
2. Create bright costumes or fasten reflective tape or bags on costumes to ensure that you are visible to drivers.
3. If wearing a mask as part of your costume, ensure that your visibility is not severely limited. Consider non-toxic makeup or hats as an alternative.
4. Cross streets safely, only crossing at corners and using traffic signals and crosswalks.
5. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
6. Do not cross streets while texting or using other electronic devices.
7. If trick-or-treating at night, bring a flashlight and always walk, NOT run from house to house.
8. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
9. Teach children not to eat ANY treats before returning home, and eat only factory wrapped treats. Avoid home-made treats unless you know the cook well.
10. If driving through residential neighborhoods on Halloween, drive slowly, be alert for trick-or-treaters, avoid distractions, do NOT text and drive, turn on headlights, and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic.
If you or your child are injured while trick-or-treating, do not hesitate to call Romanow Law Group at 412-642-9100.
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