Help your children stay safe Trick or Treating this evening

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Leitrim Observer Reporter

Keep an eye out for zombies,  ghouls and little witches this Halloween

Keep an eye out for children trick or treating this evening.

With fairly good weather this evening, there will be plenty of children out and about enjoying Halloween and, or course, taking part in Trick or Treating!

But this time of year, with its darker evenings, can also pose a serious safety risk for young children, who may suddenly cross roads and who will, inevitably, be wearing dark clothing.

Here is some advice on staying safe and enjoying Halloween this evening:

  • Parents need to accompany young children while they are trick or treating. It is not sufficient to send young children out with older children - that is far too much responsibility for any child.
  • The Road Safety Authority advises that no child under the age 12 years should be allowed cross the road or cycle on the road without adult supervision.
  • Consider ‘trick-or-treating’ in a group and staying together.
  • Remember to always: stop, look, listen and look again before crossing the road.

Be seen

  • The evenings are dark this time of year - make sure that motorists can see you and your children clearly. Both adults and children should wear high-vis vests when out trick or treating - remember children can easily remove their vest when they arrive at each house and slip it back on again before moving onto the next one.
  • Adults and children should also carry a torch and always replace the batteries before you head out so it won't let you down.
  • Stay on footpaths and driveways and stay off lawns and gardens.
  • Avoid poorly lit areas and don't enter estates you are unfamiliar with.