For little ones, Halloween is surely one of the most anticipated holidays. From dressing up in one’s costume of choice to going door-to-door to collect candies and sweets, it’s hard to find a kid who doesn’t love All Hallow’s Eve festivities. While Halloween might be a fun holiday, though, trick-or-treating is often a source of preventable injuries, too. For parents and other caregivers, here’s what you need to know about keeping everyone safe on Halloween this year
Dangers of Trick-or-Treating on Halloween
Trick-or-treating poses the risk of some preventable injuries. Some common types of accidents that occur on Halloween include:
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents;
- Choking accidents (from small candies, small parts on costumes, etc.);
- Pedestrian accidents; and
- Fires (from Jack-o-lanterns lit with real candles).
While less common, incidents involving children entering strangers’ homes are also possible. It is important that children who are trick-or-treating are always accompanied by an adult.
Common Injuries on Halloween
The above accident types can lead to a handful of injuries, some of which may be very serious. Common injuries include head injuries, burn injuries, bone fractures, scrapes and bruises, and more. Some accident types, such as a choking accident or a pedestrian accident, have the potential to be fatal.
Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween
Fortunately, the good news is that the vast majority of accidents and injuries on Halloween are entirely preventable! Here are some tips for keeping little ones safe during the holiday —
- Always accompany children who are trick-or-treating;
- Encourage children to walk, not run, especially when crossing streets;
- Make sure children are wearing age-appropriate costumes (i.e. avoid costumes with small parts for young children if choking hazards are a risk);
- Use flashlights and battery-operated candles in place of real flames for pumpkins;
- Ensure that costume accessories, such as a cape, are an appropriate length to reduce the risk of a trip and fall;
- Use reflective tape on children’s costumes to help drivers see them; and
- Inspect all candy thoroughly before letting children eat it.
What to Do if Your Child Is Injured
If your child is involved in an accident on Halloween, our experienced personal injury attorneys at the office of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law can help. As soon as you are able, be sure to write down all of the circumstances surrounding your child’s injury, collect evidence (photos of the accident scene, photos of injuries, etc.), and call an attorney to request a free consultation.
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