by Pam Zubeck
1. There's safety in numbers so have your child go out with friends. They should be accompanied by a responsible adult.For the adults who will celebrate this unholy holiday, McDivitt Law Firm is providing a lift home without charge for those who imbibe too heavily. Here's it's release:
2. Plan a safe route in an area that is known to you.
3. Carry a light or one of those nifty chemical glow sticks. Never carry anything illuminated by an open flame.
4. Kids should be able to see and be seen. Lighter colored costumes are easier for motorists to see at night. Add some reflective tape to their costume. Make sure your child can easily see out of a mask so they won't trip over curbs or objects that can't be easily seen in the dark.
5. Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or it may touch flames in jack-o’-lanterns or other decorations. If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with heat or flame.
6. Use safe pedestrian practices. Stay on main walkways and well lit sidewalks. Cross streets at intersections. Do not walk in between parked cars.
7. Children should NEVER enter a stranger's home or vehicle. Avoid approaching homes that are dark or that appear to be unoccupied.
8. Inspect ALL treats before allowing your child to eat them! Any item that is not factory wrapped or appears to have been rewrapped should be discarded. If something seems suspicious…. throw it out.
9. Make sure your home is safe to receive trick-or-treaters. Roll up those garden hoses and put your sprinklers away. Turn on that porch light and be sure to remove any clutter that might be hazardous to youngsters who come to your door.
10. Keep decorations away from candles, light bulbs or heaters. Consider using flameless candles or glow sticks in your jack-o’-lantern, and Keep exits clear of decorations.
11. Consider an organized neighborhood party or Halloween event for the youngsters in your community. They can be a lot more fun than a long door-to-door trek and much safer too.
12. If you are driving Halloween afternoon or evening, Be Extra Alert!! In their excitement, young children may dart across streets so please use caution.
In an effort to keep our streets safe this Halloween, McDivitt Law Firm is once again providing free cab rides to anyone who needs to get home safely after a night of celebration. The “Safe Ride Home” program is through Yellow Cab in Colorado Springs and City Cab in Pueblo, and will be offered between 10:00pm – 3:00am on Saturday, October 31, 2015.
McDivitt has been offering the program since 2007 and has given more than 20,000 safe rides home to residents of Southern Colorado. The firm will pick up the tab for any Yellow Cab or City Cab ride, as long as the passengers are headed home – the free ride is not available from a bar or a restaurant to another drinking establishment. (See below for all the guidelines).
It’s on McDivitt!
For a free ride home, call one of the following cab companies and tell them your ride home is on McDivitt Law Firm:
• Colorado Springs
Call Yellow Cab of Colorado Springs at (719) 777-7777.
• Pueblo & Pueblo West
Call City Cab of Pueblo at (719) 543-2525.