Halloween is but a couple of weeks away and you may have already decorated your house and started helping your child shop for a Halloween costume.
Choosing a Halloween costume with safety in mind and decorating your house for the safety of little ghosts and goblins is the key to having a safe and fun Halloween.
Choose a costume that does not have trailing fabric which can cause a child to trip. Also, check to make sure the fabric is fire-retardant and won't catch on fire if it comes into contact with a flame. Make sure that the child has visibility when wearing a mask. And, last but not least, have your child carry a flashlight or light stick while trick or treating. Retro-reflective tape can also be used to make sure child are visible.
Be careful when placing your jack-o'-lantern if you use a real candle. Put the jack-o'-lantern in an area where little trick-or-treaters do not trip over it or come in contact with it. Consider using a flameless candle run by a battery which are a safe way to illuminate your jack-o'-lantern. While it is fun to decorate your house with a scary theme for Halloween, make sure that paths are illuminated so children don't trip over sprinklers, cracks in the walks or other hazards.
Make sure children are accompanied with one or more adults when trick-or-treating. Children, even those who know better, can become overly excited on Halloween and dart into traffic. We recommend supervising children until the age of 12.
Choose trick-or-treating routes that are well lit and have sidewalk. For older children, discuss the route before the children go out.
Motorists Be Ware on Halloween
Motorists are urged to be especially vigilant on Halloween and should watch for trick-or-treaters who might dart out into traffic. Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways. Watch for children who may not be looking out for motorists even at marked crosswalks.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and slip and fall accidents. Contact us if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another.