Halloween can be a fun holiday for both kids and adults. But while you’re having fun this Halloween season, the Arizona personal injury attorneys at Lerner & Rowe would like to suggest a few tips that can help keep you and your family safe and avoid frightful injuries.
Halloween Costume Safety
The Halloween holiday gives everyone young and old the opportunity to dress as their favorite character, hero or scary ghoul. But when choosing your or your child’s costume, it is important to always keep safety in mind.
- Choose brightly colored costumes that can be seen in the dark.
- Add reflective tape to costumes or add glow stick necklaces or bracelets for additional visibility.
- Make sure costumes are well-fitted and are short enough to prevent tripping.
- Select costumes that are made from flame resistant materials to avoid burn injuries.
- Opt for non-toxic makeup or decorative hats instead of masks.
- If you or your child must use a mask, make sure it doesn’t limit your vision.
- Include emergency identification securely and discreetly within the costume or in a wrist bracelet
- Avoid carrying simulated weapons, like swords, knives and guns that could be mistaken as real.
One of the things that children look most forward to when Halloween arrives is going trick-or-treating. If you have younger children, it’s a little easier to control what they do and where they go trick-or-treating, but it can be more difficult when you have older children who go off with friends while trick or treating. Regardless of your children’s age, here are some tips to follow:
- Plan a trick-or-treat route with your children and agree on a time when they are expected to be home.
- Stay on well-lit streets, walk on sidewalks and not on the streets.
- Don’t assume that drivers can see you, even if you have right of way.
- Follow all traffic and pedestrian laws.
- Look both ways before crossing a street and cross at lights and crosswalks when possible.
- There is safety in numbers, always stay with a group.
- Never go into a stranger’s home or car.
- Don’t eat treats until they have been checked at home.
- Have older children carry a cell phone if walking with friends instead of an adult
Pumpkin Carving Safety
A big part of Halloween is decorating and carving pumpkins, but it is also a danger part of the holiday. Pumpkin carving can be made safer by:
- Letting your paint their pumpkins.
- Not allowing children to carve the pumpkin by making it an adult only task after they draw the design.
- If you must use a candle, use votives in votive holders.
Fire Safety Precautions
You should be aware of the fire safety risks that Halloween decorations and Jack O’ Lanterns present to you and your family. You can help prevent horrific injuries from fire by:
- Only using flameless candles when decorating.
- Don’t allow children near open flames.
- Keep lit Jack O’Lanterns away from curtains, decoration or walkways
- Never overload electrical outlets with electrical Halloween decorations.
Arizona Personal Injury Attorneys on Your Side
Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys wish you and your family a happy and safe Halloween. If you or a family member suffers an injury this Halloween because of the negligence of another, you do have rights. The Arizona personal injury attorneys are ready to stand by your side. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., but we can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call. We are also available online via LiveChat