Halloween is a time for pumpkins, costumes, candy, and fun. This classic holiday, however, also presents several hazards for adults, children, and even homeowners. Most people do not dwell on the safety issues surrounding Halloween, but being award of the dangers that lurk could help ensure you and your family stay safe. On Halloween, twice as many child pedestrians are killed than on any other night of the year. Further, this holiday poses a threat of liability issues for homeowners. These are just a few known risks. The following is a look at some safety tips that can keep you safe and liability free this Halloween.
Halloween Safety Tips for Parents
- Supervise children at all times, even older children.
- Choose a costume for your child that has bright colors and is made of a fire resistant material.
- Sew or otherwise attach emergency identification information on your child’s customer or around your child’s wrist. Include your name, child’s name, address, and phone number so that your child could be returned in the event he or she became lost.
- If your child’s costume is dark, place reflective tape on the costume or trick or treat bags.
- Make sure any face paint you use is non-toxic as face paints have been known to contain lead.
- Do not allow young children to wear masks as they could obstruct breathing or vision.
- Inspect all candy before your child consumes it.
- Throw away any candy that may not be sealed.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Trick or treat only in familiar areas that are well lit.
- Carry flashlights and keep to the sidewalks with your children whenever possible.
- Watch out for animals. Even dogs you know can become disoriented by costumes and chaos.
- Use crosswalks whenever possible.
- Do not allow your children to enter stranger’s homes.
Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners
- Ensure all pets are kept away from trick or treaters. Even friendly pets can become a liability when around crowds of people wearing costumes.
- Repair any obvious holes or raised areas in your sidewalk or driveway that could become hazards to trick or treaters in the dark.
- Clear walkway or porch steps of tripping obstacles, such as hoses, debris, or electrical cords.
- Use flameless candles or flashlights in your outdoor pumpkins to prevent fire.
- Do not make or give out homemade treats unless you know the children you plan to give them to well, as many children have allergies.
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Halloween is around the corner. While this holiday of fun, candy, and costumes can be a joyous occasion for your family, it also brings an increased risk of injury, especially to children pedestrians. Following our safety tips can help ensure you and your family stays safe this Halloween. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident due to another’s negligence, Kansas Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless of the Lenexa, Kansas law firm Michael R. Lawless, P.A. can help. For over 27 years, Michael Lawless has assisted victims of all manner of accidents across Kansas. Michael Lawless is the experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated attorney you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential personal injury case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.