Halloween is a fun time of year, but it can also be dangerous for trick or treaters if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken. When you go out with your little monsters, keep these tips in mind, and stay safe this Halloween!
Make sure any children under age 13 are accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
Respect trick or treating hours established by your town. If your children are trick or treating on their own establish a curfew.
Go over the route you and your trick or treaters plan on taking, make sure they know exactly where they’re going and how to get home.
Establish a meeting spot should you and your trick or treaters get separated.
Be visible. It’s getting dark out very early and it will be difficult for drivers to see children in costumes, add reflective tape to their costume and treat buckets to make them easier to see.
Carrying a flashlight is also a good idea to improve visibility, but be sure to never shine it in the eyes of oncoming drivers, it may temporarily blind them.
Avoid wearing masks that obstruct vision. It’s already going to be dark out and you don’t want children struggling to see oncoming cars, other trick or treaters, or obstructions in their path.
Make sure children’s costumes are not too long on them to prevent tripping.
Make sure any swords, knives, or other costume accessories are shot, soft, and flexible.
Do not allow children to walk near any candles or other potential fire hazards, make sure their costumes are flame-resistant.
Only approach houses that are well lit, tell children not to approach houses that are in darkness or to enter a strangers home or garage.
Stay on any sidewalks or paths, if there are none then walk on the side of the street facing traffic.
Make sure children understand to use crosswalks, look both ways before crossing the street, and never cross between parked vehicles as it’s difficult for drivers to see you.
If children are going out without an adult, make sure you know where they’re going and that they’ll be in a group.
Don’t let children eat any candy until they’re home and you’ve checked it to be sure it’s safe.
Keep these tips in mind this Halloween and you and your family will have a safe, and happy holiday!
Last night was the MassDrive and NGI Holiday Party! We had a blast! Everyone in our Boston office got together for an event that truly sampled some of Boston’s best: a dinner in the North End at Lucca, a comedy show at Improv Asylum, and a couple of songs on the juke box post show at The Point. It was definitely night of fun, laughs and lots of delicious food.
It was so great to spend time with one another outside the office and to get to know our friends at NGI better. Dinner was such a treat – Lucca truly is one of the best restaurants in the North End, and the festive decor added to the celebratory feel. Bill and Jean-Marie led a toast and reminded us of how far we’ve come since last year, and how excited we all are for the new year.
After a tasty dessert, we hurried off to Improv Asylum practically next store for a hilarious show. My face hurt from laughing and smiling the whole time. The best part of the show by far was when our very own Cam got up on stage to participate in a particularly humorous segment. He was a star! And a great sport for letting us force him up there. A born performer! The show was excellent and everyone had a great time.
Thank you to Bill, John, Jean-Marie and Bonnie for putting together such a special and fun night for all of us. Happy Holidays!
The holidays! What’s not to love? There’s great music, pretty lights, parties aplenty and, if you’re lucky, a great gift waiting for you under some adorable holiday-themed paper. The holiday season does come its share of challenges amongst the joy, and one of my least favorites is holiday travel in Massachusetts and its surroundings, and all the traffic that goes along with it.
Like any good journey, the holiday travel season requires some thinking ahead and preparation. Make sure you’re prepared to hit the road with these Massachusetts holiday travel and safety tips.
Be Mindful of Massachusetts Law
In the state of Massachusetts, all occupants of your vehicle are required to wear seat belts. Make sure you have a seat and working belt for every passenger and yourself when traveling this holiday.
The speed limit on most Massachusetts highways is 65mph, however, some can be as low as 55mph. Leave with plenty of time to get where you’re going this holiday season and pay attention to the speed limit – nothing says “Bah Humbug!” like shelling out for a speeding ticket.
If you hit any rotaries on your journey, remember to yield to those already in the rotary when entering and always enter to the right.
Texting while driving has been banned in Massachusetts. Let it wait until you get there or you could face $100-$500 in fines, depending on whether it is your first offense. This applies to when you’re stopped at red lights. Again, nothing says “Bah Humbug!” like a hefty ticket. Or a crash, for that matter.
Be Ready for the Road
Sign up to get a free FAST LANE transponder and cruise through the tolls on the Turnpike, the Sumner and Ted Williams Tunnels, and the Tobin Memorial Bridge on the way to Grandma’s. If you’re heading out of state, your FAST LANE transponder can be used anywhere E-ZPass is accepted.
New England weather is unpredictable, so make sure you’ve winterized your car. Snow tires, an ice scraper, and perhaps a foldable shovel will keep you safe on wintery roads.
With a lot of people on the road, wintery conditions and the stress of the holidays, anything can happen. Make sure you’re covered with auto insurance.
Have Fun! But Not Too Much Fun…
Turn up the Christmas music while you travel! Most stations will play Christmas music mixed in with their standards, but there are a few stations that play strictly holiday themed music. In Massachusetts, Oldies 103.3 and 105.7 WROR play Christmas music round the clock, and WROR has an adorable segment where kids can call into Santa.
Plan ahead if you plan on drinking, and make sure have a designated driver for when you need to get home. The legal limit is a blood-alcohol content under .08. Drunk driving increases over the holidays, and Massachusetts police will be on the lookout for drunk drivers. Not only does driving under the influence put you in danger of getting arrested, it puts everyone you pass on the road in danger. Err on the side of safety and avoid a drunk driving accident by making sure you have a sober ride home.
Regardless of what you’re celebrating or where you are celebrating, we wish you safe and easy travel and a very happy holiday season!