Kids love Halloween. While it’s not quite Christmas, there is something to be said for getting to dress up in elaborate costumes and get lots of candy! While Halloween is more closely associated with ghouls and goblins and spirits, there are a variety of real world dangers that can cause actual injuries. Common Halloween-associated injuries and cases include pedestrian accidents, premises liability and product liability.
Below are some tips to keep you and your family safe this Halloween.
CARRY A FLASHLIGHT WHEN OUTSIDE
Carrying a flashlight while trick or treating warns motorists that you are on the road and helps light the path you are walking on. When driving at night, it is very hard for drivers to see objects that are not reflective or illuminated until it is too late. And sidewalks and walkways may contain debris, cracks or crevices that are easy to trip on. The more light to show others of your position and to show you where you are walking, the better.
USE REFLECTIVE TAPE ON YOUR KID’S COSTUMES
Very similar to the first tip, reflective tape makes your children much easier to see at night by passing motorists. Kids don’t always pay attention to their surroundings, and drivers are often distracted while behind the wheel.
MAKE YOUR KID’S COSTUME EASY TO WALK AROUND IN
Your children will probably do a lot of walking on Halloween. You want to ensure that their costumes are trimmed to avoid any tripping hazards.
REMOVE MASKS WHILE WALKING
Another tripping hazard is not being able to see while walking. You and your children should remove any masks while walking between houses. Masks impede your ability to see cars, traffic and tripping hazards.
DON’T LET YOUR CHILDREN TRICK OR TREAT BY THEMSELVES
Kids should travel in groups escorted by a parent or other responsible adult.
DO NOT LEAVE OPEN CANDLES WHERE THEY MAY CONTACT A CHILD’S COSTUME
Costumes are often highly flammable. As candles are commonly used to light up pumpkins and other Halloween decorations, it is important to keep children away from open flames. Whether a homeowner or a parent of a trick or treater, make sure costumes and open flames do not come in contact.
INSPECT CANDY PRIOR TO LETTING YOUR KIDS EAT IT
While candy is rarely tainted, there are some types that can be a choking hazard and any unsealed candy should be discarded.
The Law Office of Ben Crittenden wishes you a Happy and Safe Halloween. And know that if you do sustain personal injuries on Halloween in a car accident, pedestrian accident, premises liability accident, and need a personal injury lawyer, contact us and see if we can help.