Every Halloween, parents worry as stories circulate about contaminated candy. Rumors about razor blades in apples or pieces of glass in unwrapped goodies cause concerned moms and dads to examine their child’s loot closely. While most of these stories are urban legends, there are real dangers on Halloween you need to be aware of. Pedestrian accidents, slips and falls, cuts, and burns are all common types of personal injuries that can occur over Halloween. The following provides important safety tips for parents to follow to help their child stay safe.
Halloween Pedestrian Accidents
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for children in terms of pedestrian accidents. Children are twice as likely to be killed due to collisions with motor vehicles while out trick or treating, but there are precautions you can take as a parent to ensure they make it home safely:
Never allow children under the age of 12 to cross busy streets or go trick or treating without adult supervision
For older children, map out the path they will take and have them check in with you regularly
Pick areas that provide sidewalks, rather than walking along the road
Use crosswalks or traffic signals at intersections, rather than jaywalking
Use extra caution when crossing driveways or parking lots
Make sure children carry a flashlight, and use reflective tape on costumes
Anyone driving Halloween night should go under the speed limit and turn on their headlights to increase visibility. If an area in your neighborhood is known for speeding, avoid it completely and notify law enforcement to be on the alert.
Additional Dangers On Halloween
To help protect yourself against potentially serious personal injuries that can occur on Halloween, follow these tips from Kids Health:
Never allow children to handle sharp knives. When carving pumpkins, let children draw the design, then have an adult do the rest
Be cautious in using candles for Halloween displays. Use electric candles or string lights instead
If you host a bonfire, make sure the fire is contained, have a water source nearby, and prevent children from getting too close
Before Halloween night, clear your yard of debris, such as tree branches, hoses, electrical cords, or other things that could be a trip hazard
Remind trick or treaters to only use sidewalks when visiting homes, rather than cutting across lawns where slips and falls are more likely to occur
Instruct your children to only visit houses with the porch light on, and to never go inside
Consider using makeup and temporary spray on paint rather than wigs or a mask, which can easily obstruct their view
Make sure your child’s costume is flame retardant, and that they wear the appropriate walking shoes
Been In An Accident? Contact An Experienced Attorney
If Halloween accidents and injuries do occur, contact the Surasky Law Firm, LLC right away to request a free consultation with our Aiken personal injury attorney. Injuries your child suffers could require ongoing medical care, and you may be entitled to compensation through an insurance claim. Call or contact us online today to discuss your options and how we can help.