Halloween is just around the corner and kids and adults alike are getting ready for the festivities. While Halloween is a fun holiday to celebrate, it also comes with certain dangers. In fact, Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrian accidents and emergency rooms across the country also see a significant increase in the number of visits.
Whether you are going out to a Halloween party or are staying in to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, safety should always be your top priority. Consider this list of tips to help you and your loved ones avoid injury this Halloween:
- Stick to sidewalks and crosswalks if you plan on trick-or-treating with your kids. Instruct your kids not to dart out into the street or walk in between parked cars.
- Never let young children trick-or-treat by themselves. If you allow your older children to trick-or-treat unchaperoned, make sure that they have a cell phone and know to call for help if they need it.
- Increase your child’s visibility by adding reflective tape or glow sticks to their costumes. It is also a good idea to carry a flashlight.
- Help your child select a well-fitting and comfortable costume that doesn’t restrict their movements or present a tripping hazard. Use caution when it comes to choosing costumes with face masks or accessories that may not be appropriate for young children.
- Check your property for potential hazards before trick or treaters begin to arrive. Keep lit jack-o-lanterns a safe distance away from the walking path to your door and if possible, use battery-powered lights instead of lit candles.
- Use only knives that are specially designed for pumpkin carving rather than sharp kitchen knives that could become stuck and cause injury.
- Plan on wearing makeup with your costume? The FDA recommends that you test the product first on an arm or leg before applying it to your face, as novelty makeup products may contain ingredients that could cause rashes and other allergic reactions.
- If you plan on attending a Halloween party where alcohol is served, make sure you designate a driver!
As always, our Houston personal injury attorneys are available to help Texans who are injured because of another person’s negligence. If you need legal help after a car accident, pedestrian accident, or an accident on another person’s property, contact Stern Law Group to discuss your legal rights with a lawyer. Call (877) 661-9900 for a free case review.