For those who celebrate Halloween, this is a wonderful time of the year filled with tricks and treats. For an experienced personal injury attorney, however, Halloween can be a very scary night.
Children in colorful costumes running from house to house, collecting treats from strangers in dark, unfamiliar neighborhoods. Adults gathering for parties with friends, often drinking late into the night. Use these tips to help keep your community safe and avoid a lawsuit this Halloween!
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids
- Make sure that children’s costumes fit properly, so they can walk easily.
- Don’t hide faces behind elaborate hats or masks that may reduce vision – opt for face paint instead and avoid wearing any tripping hazards.
- Bring along glow sticks and flashlights to light the way.
- Plan on going in a group, and stick together or buddy up to keep everyone accounted for. Set curfews for older, unsupervised children.
- Be sure that kids stop at the curb, look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
- Stay on a sidewalk whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic so drivers can easily see you.
- Wait until you get home to dig into the candy. That way, parents can check for tampering, spot treats with allergens and discard homemade food items or anything deemed unsafe.
Halloween Safety for Drivers
- Be on high alert while driving – With so many more people walking around, drive slowly and watch for pedestrians on the street. Dark costumes may be hard to see, and children might be wearing a mask or hat that obstructs their view.
- Don’t drive drunk. Adults might celebrate by drinking at a house party or bar. Have a designated driver, or take an Uber/Lyft service home.
- Avoid distractions– don’t use your cell phone while driving.
Halloween Home Safety Tips
If you’re in charge of handing out treats, here are some tips to make sure your visitors enjoy themselves.
- Clear your property and light the path so guests can easily find your door. Excited children may cut through your lawn, so check that you haven’t left out obstacles that could trip someone.
- If you have a dog, keep it safely away from the door. Not only will some children be afraid, but the constant doorbell ringing and stream of trick-or-treaters may overwhelm your pet.
- Provide store-bought treats. Play-Doh, erasers, and other small Halloween toys can be a fun surprise for those with allergies, but avoid anything homemade in case of food poisoning.
Halloween Personal Injury Lawyers
Halloween should be fun, not dangerous. Spread the word around your neighborhood to keep your community safe. If the worst should happen and you or your child is injured, the personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys can help. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim.
Have a happy and safe Halloween from everyone at Cory Watson Attorneys!