The end of Daylight Saving Time means the days are growing shorter and the nights longer. People are leaving work at their normal time, being met with darkness. Kids are leaving after school activities and walking home in the dark. This makes safety a growing concern as the days become shorter.
Parking Lot at Work
Even if you’re in the parking lot at work, you should be extremely aware of your surroundings. Unless you park in an enclosed, guard-secured lot, there are reasons to be concerned about safety. Your employer should ensure that there are lights in the parking lot, and they are switched on when it’s time to leave work. If possible, leave in a group so everyone is protected, and check your surroundings before opening your car door.
Kids After School
After school activities like football, soccer or drama club can last for an hour or two, meaning your kids will be leaving school when it’s becoming dark outside. They should be aware of their surroundings to stay safe, especially if they walk home. If they normally take a shortcut home, have them take a longer, lighted way home instead. Talk to them about ways to stay safe. Do not allow them to listen to any music on headphones as it may mask some dangers they might otherwise hear. If they can walk home with a group of other children, have them buddy up for the walk home.
Jogging or Walking
Before or after work is the only time that you have to exercise, but soon it will be dark. There are ways to stay safe while jogging at night. Use reflective clothing so that drivers can see you as the sun sets. Dusk is the time when many accidents occur because the light is hazy and drivers haven’t turned on their headlights. Stay on lighted paths if you’re jogging in the park. If possible, make time in the mornings for your daily walks or jogs to avoid some of the after-dark dangers.
Holiday Shopping and Festivities
The season seems to start earlier and earlier every year, so it’s not too soon to discuss some safety precautions when preparing for this holiday season. When shopping, be sure that you’re being safe while walking to your car. Make note of where you park and have your keys ready before you get to the vehicle. If you see anything suspicious, go back inside and find a security guard to accompany you. If someone knocks on your door, don’t open it until you know who it is. Be wary of strangers during the upcoming holiday season.
In Your Driveway
With a timer, you can set the lights, so you’ll arrive to a well-lit driveway and home. Motion lights are great for driveways too. As an added deterrent, anyone moving in the darkness will have triggered the light before you pull into the driveway alerting you to danger.
Criminals are always looking for you to let down your guard, and because many people have not yet adjusted to the time change, Daylight Saving Time is ideal for these deviant individuals. Start early and get in the mindset before the time change gets here—that way, you and your family are all prepared for the dark evenings that have their owns set of dangers.