Halloween is a spooky, festive time for many kids and adults. Whether welcoming trick-or-treaters to your home or escorting your own little ghosts, princesses, or Marvel superheroes around the neighborhood, stay alert to potential property hazards.
Potential Halloween Hazards
For instance, walkways should be clear and well-lit. (If all outdoor lights are off at a residence, avoid trick-or-treating there.) If someone gets into the spirit of outdoor decorating, electrical cords and hoses should not be obtrusive. In-ground decorations are best placed a safe distance from walkways.
For super-indulgent decorators, be mindful that dry ice displays can burn when touched. Fog machines too close to walkways can obviously hamper vision. For some, strobe lights can be disorienting.
Use battery-powered votive candles to light jack-o’-lanterns (at least on trick-or-treat night) to avoid any fire issues, and keep your carved pumpkin handiwork away from the beaten path.
In addition, if you have a dog, keep it inside and away from the door when kids are greeted. The unknown sights and sounds of Halloween can be unnerving, and it may react aggressively.
Homeowners may be held liable for injuries incurred on their property (premises liability) if one of three conditions occur:
- The owner caused or created a dangerous condition.
- The owner knew about a dangerous condition but failed to fix it.
- The owner should have known about a dangerous condition.
Renters may also be held responsible for some injuries—for instance, the above-mentioned hazards created by Halloween decorating.
If you (or a family member) have been harmed on someone else’s property through no fault of your own, contact a premises liability attorney to protect your rights.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help After a Crash or Injury
Sometimes, even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in an accident due to the behavior of an aggressive driver. In those situations, the aggressive driver can be held responsible and made to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.