We’re just a few days away from one of the most enjoyable holidays, Halloween. This particular holiday always presents a greater risk for those celebrating due to a variety of reasons. This particular Halloween, we’d like to remind everyone about a few safety tips that will help make you have a safe, enjoyable Halloween.
Every year millions of Americans hit the streets in their vampire outfits, princess dresses, and monster costumes. Going door-to-door throughout their neighbors in search of the best candy bars and endless supply of candy is a fun traditional, however, there are many hidden dangers to be aware of while trick-or-treating.
- Make sure your costume fits appropriately and does not drag on the ground; this could lead to a trip hazard. Make sure you are able to walk safely and not step on your costume. Also make sure any masks or costumes do not interfere with your ability to see your surroundings clearly, including the sidewalk, steps, and the area around you.
- Make sure your costume does not blend in with your surroundings. Make sure that you carry a light when walking on the streets so that passing cars are aware of your presence. Also, make sure you pay attention to traffic on the streets while walking. For greater visibility, decorate your costumes with reflective tape that will glow in a car’s headlights. Consider buy a bag/sack that also has some reflective tape. (You can purchase reflective tape at most hardware stores).
Various data reports indicate that on average, 5.5 deaths occur each Halloween due to pedestrian/auto accidents. State Farm Insurance reported in 2012 that nearly ¼ of all accidents on Halloween occurred between 6:00 and 7:00 P.M., the prime hour for trick-or-treating.
- Parents, check every piece of candy you and your children receive. Make sure that the candy is in the original wrapping and has not been tampered with. Also, make sure any candy is age-appropriate.
The Children’s Hospital of Michigan reports that to prevent stomach aches and problems, parent should limit children to 2-3 pieces of candy at a time. Avoid giving your younger children: gum, peanuts, and some smaller hard candies. These can lead to choking hazards or even allergic reactions.
- As a homeowner, make sure your walkways/pathways and yards are free from trip hazards. Provide a clear, well-lit path from the sidewalk to your front door. You do not want any claims against your home-owners’ insurance for a Halloween injury!
From everyone at Wooten Kimbrough, P.A., we wish you a happy, creepy, scary and SAFE Halloween! Our attorneys have been helping injured individuals since 1966. If you are injured this Halloween, please do not hesitate to call or reach out to us for a free evaluation of your claim.