October through the end of December is jam packed with holiday festivities. But to ensure you and your family enjoy the celebration, plan for seasonal risks — particularly those associated with vehicle safety. Halloween is the most dangerous holiday for pedestrians and Christmas and New Years are notorious for drunk driving. Shorter days mean more darkness and that can be particularly hazardous for children.
Because holidays inspire plenty of parties, it’s important to approach safety from a community standpoint. Most risks are not exclusive to your property but effect everyone living in or visiting the neighborhood. Here’s some safety tricks and tips to encourage accident-free holidays:
1. Turn on outdoor lighting fixturesFall is when the days start getting shorter. The more light your home provides, the less likely a visitor will trip and fall or end up in an accident. Lighting can also help deter arsonists and trespassers.
2. Designate a clear pathwayIt’s great fun to decorate your home for Halloween, Christmas and other seasonal holidays. But be sure there is a clearly marked, well lit pathway from the road to the entrance of your home. Keep the path well swept and free of debris.
3. Swap candles for battery-powered LEDsAccording to the National Fire Protection Agency, over 11,000 structural fires are caused by open flame candles. Help minimize the risk by switching to battery operated LED lights instead of candles. Also, avoid overloading power strips with too many electronic lights.
4. Discuss safety with your neighborsMischief night and Halloween are notorious for times for arson, vandalism, and drunk driving. Talk with your neighbors about unwanted activity and develop a plan of action. Encourage neighbors to follow steps 1 through 3.
5. Start a community-based designated driving program
community-based designated driving program for the holidays. Historically, the rate of drunk driving accident soars during this season. Halloween and Thanksgiving have a notable increase and the two weeks encapsulating Christmas and New Years are the most dangerous time to be on or near a roadway.