While the dangers that come with Halloween may seem to be mostly of the supernatural kind, our personal injury office has yet to come across a case involving zombie liability.
That being said, Halloween is full of very REAL dangers that lead to real injuries and real cases. Claims can range from pedestrian accidents to product liability. You want to be sure to keep your little goblins and ghouls safe on Halloween.
1. Carry A Flashlight
A flashlight when trick or treating can serve two purposes. The first is that the light will help your group be visible to drivers. The human eye can see a single match lit at the opposite end of a football field. Unfortunately, that eye will only see it if the person is paying attention. The second reason is, of course, to illuminate your own path. With masks (which we’ll get to later) kids’ vision might be impaired, so a lot of light will help. The more light to warn others of your position and to show you where you are walking, the better.
2. Use Reflective Tape
Although drivers should be alert and aware to look out for pedestrians, especially on Halloween, pedestrian accidents on Halloween night continue to occur. A lot of young adults will be on the road late at night, some impaired by alcohol, or distracted. Accidents can even occur when drivers are sober. Again, the more lighting, the better.
3. Choose Safe Costumes
Children will likely do a lot of walking on Halloween. It’s important that their costume not trip them to where they could fall and hurt themselves or potentially fall into traffic.
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4. Remind Kids That It’s NOT OKAY To Go Into A Stranger’s House.
Even if the stranger has candy. While most parents think that their kid already knows this rule, the excitement of Halloween might
5. Always Inspect Candy
Your kids should only eat candy that is sealed and will not present a choking hazard.
6. Open Candles Are A Bad Idea
Many store-bought costumes are highly flammable. With candles in jack-o-lanterns and scattered on porches, it is extremely important to make sure open flames are no where near costumes. A child’s costume catching on fire can lead to severe burn injuries that can be extremely painful and lead to severe scarring. Flames and costumes don’t mix. Be careful as both a homeowner and as the parent of a trick or treater to make sure costumes and open flames do not come in contact.
7. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!!!
Halloween is on a SATURDAY this year! We’re all excited, so feel free to celebrate. But please, please, do not get behind the wheel of a car. A hearse might be more Halloween themed, but we’re sure you’d much rather spend the wee hours of November 1st in a Taxi.
Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers Law Firm wishes you all a fun, safe, and happy Halloween! Halloween is falling on a Saturday this year. If you do sustain any injuries Halloween night, remember that we have client intake managers working round the clock. Feel free to call us on November 1st so our specialists can get some information from you, and an attorney will get back to you ASAP.