Halloween is just around the corner, and that means individuals and families throughout New York are picking out costumes and putting up decorations in anticipation of the big night. Halloween can be a lot of fun for everybody, but it can also be a dangerous night for trick-or-treaters and their parents. This Halloween, take safety precautions to prevent slips and falls and other kinds of accidents, like car accidents.
Young Children Should Always be Supervised
Small children should never go out trick-or-treating on their own. Go with your children or make sure they are out with an adult you trust. If you feel comfortable with your older children going out without an adult, impress upon them the importance of going out in a group and staying with the group. Have agreed-upon check-in times with them and make their geographical boundary clear.
Costumes Should Make the Wearer More Visible, Not Less
In late October, the suns sets early. Children in dark-colored costumes can be difficult for drivers to see, which can lead to tragic accidents. Encourage your children to choose white or light-colored costumes to make themselves more visible. For added visibility, you can outfit them with reflectors and flashlights.
Trick-or-Treaters Should Always Follow Traffic Laws
Halloween is a notoriously dangerous night for collisions between motorists and trick-or-treaters. If you are a parent taking your children out on Halloween, make sure they follow all traffic laws like crossing the street at crosswalks and waiting until it is safe to do so before crossing. If you have older children who will be heading out on their own, go over pedestrian safety with them before they go out for the night.
Avoid Open Flames
This Halloween, choose LED candles for your jack-o-lanterns instead of actual candles. A child can accidentally kick over a jack-o-lantern and cause a fire.
Visibility Should Always be a Priority
Trick-or-treaters as well as adults giving out candy on Halloween night can take steps to increase visibility and prevent trips and falls.
Parents should steer their children toward costumes that do not obscure their vision. One way to do this is to choose make-up instead of a mask to alter a child’s appearance. When this is not possible, children should be instructed to remove their masks when walking from home to home.
Homeowners can also reduce tripping hazards by ensuring that their properties are well-lit. Make the path from the sidewalk to your front door obvious and if there are hazards you can not remove for Halloween, rope them off or make them obvious in another way to prevent accidents.
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If you or your child are injured in an accident that could have been prevented, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your related damages through a personal injury claim. Learn more by scheduling your initial consultation with one of the personal injury attorneys on our team at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP. The consultation is free, and if you don’t win, we don’t get paid!