Zinda Law - October 2019

Principal Office 8834 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Suite 304, Austin, TX 78759 888-314-6671 OUR LOCATIONS OCTOBER 2019

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TEXAS Austin Downtown Office: 1601 Rio Grande St. Suite 450 Austin, TX 78701 Arlington Office: 3901 Arlington Highlands Blvd. Suite 200 Arlington, TX 76018 Carrollton Office: 2340 E. Trinity Mills Suite 300 Carrollton, TX 75006 Corpus Christi Office: 3205 Rodd Field Rd. Corpus Christi, TX 78414 Dallas Office: 3131 McKinney Ave. Suite 600 Dallas, TX 75204 El Paso Office: 2300 George Dieter Drive El Paso, TX 79936 Fort Worth Office: 201 Main Street Suite 600 Fort Worth, TX 76102 Houston Office: 1700 Post Oak Boulevard, 2 BLVD. Place Suite 600 Houston, TX 77056 Midland Office: 6 Desta Drive Suite 4600 Midland, TX 79705 Plano Office: 6860 North Dallas Pkwy. Suite 200 Plano, TX 75024 Round Rock Office: 1000 Heritage Center Circle Round Rock, TX 78664 San Antonio Office: 18756 Stone Oak Parkway Suite 200 San Antonio, TX 78258

Temple Office: 319 South First Temple, TX 76504 Waco Office: 7215 Bosque Blvd. Suite 107 Waco, TX 76710 COLORADO Aurora Office: 3190 S. VaughnWay Suite 550 Aurora, CO 80014 Boulder Office: 1434 Spruce Street Suite 100 Boulder, CO 80302

KEEP YOUR NIGHT OF FRIGHT SAFE

With These Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

If you think the greatest danger your child will face trick-or-treating this Halloween is candy that has been tampered with, you’re wrong. According to the National Safety Council, “Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a vehicle and killed than any other day of the year.”

direction as traffic. Don’t let your kids dart out into the street, and, when you do have to cross the street, do so at corners and designated crosswalks. Trick-or-treating is a time for parents to be vigilant, so keep your cell phones in your pockets. If your older children are going out without you, they should always go with a group on a route that has been planned beforehand. Give them a curfew, and tell them to stay in well-lit areas and out of any unfamiliar houses or vehicles. DRIVING ON HALLOWEEN Parents and children can only do so much to stay safe on Halloween night. If you’re driving through residential areas or along any street children might use to get from house to house, extra caution is the name of the game. Anticipate lots of pedestrian traffic in residential areas between the times of 5:30–9:30 p.m. Take extra care when backing out of driveways, parking lots, or alleys, and take extra time to

Colorado Springs Office: 102 S. Tejon Street Suite 1100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903

While Halloween should absolutely be a time for kids to dress up, walk the neighborhood, and enjoy some sweet treats, parents should not ignore some of the very real dangers as they accompany their children. So, if you want to keep your little monsters safe on their prowl for chocolate and sugar, there are some ways you can make sure the night is scary for all the right reasons. PREPPING THEIR COSTUMES Halloween safety begins with preparing your child’s costume. For starters, you should help them make sure the costume fits properly to prevent any tripping. Try to avoid masks, as they can obstruct your child’s vision. Instead, try to use nontoxic face paint. If possible, incorporate bright colors into what your child will be wearing, but at least put reflective tape and stickers on their clothes and bags so that cars will see them along the road more clearly. Kids should also carry glow sticks or flashlights, so they can better see where they’re going. WALKING THE NEIGHBORHOOD Parents should always accompany younger children when they go trick-or-treating. Always keep your kids walking on the sidewalks or on the far side of the road, moving in the same

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look for trick-or-treaters. Keep distractions in your vehicle at a minimum, and always keep your eyes on the road — kids don’t always move predictably.

Trick-or-treating should be an evening of fun for kids all over the city, where the biggest danger they might face is a stomach ache the following morning. While the dangers are very real, they shouldn’t be a reason to worry about going out around their neighborhood in the evening. So long as parents, children, and drivers keep these safety tips in mind, every ghoul, cowboy, princess, and firefighter should get home without a fright.

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