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Make This Halloween a Safe One With Our Holiday Tips

Laura Thomas Oct. 29, 2019

Halloween is an exciting holiday for both children and adults. Dressing up in costumes, collecting candy, and attending parties are just a few of the events most look forward to for the occasion. Unfortunately, as with most holidays, a time for fun can sometimes lead to dangerous situations. With the holiday quickly approaching, the personal injury attorneys at Biesterveld & Crook, LLC have created a few tips to help trick-or-treaters, parents, and young adults stay safe this Halloween.

Roadway Safety – For Both Motorists and Pedestrians

With increased foot traffic in the streets and on the sidewalks, extra caution is recommended while behind the wheel, especially when entering and exiting driveways and intersections. The National Safety Council advises parents of new, inexperienced drivers to try and prevent their children from driving on Halloween if possible.

Parents are encouraged to accompany children when trick-or-treating. Traveling in groups can be even more beneficial, as groups are more easily seen by motorists. Flashlights can serve several purposes for pedestrians on Halloween, such as alerting drivers when entering roadways and illuminating walking paths. The extra light can be helpful, especially with small children whose costumes restrict their sight.

Some safety measures can be taken by both drivers and pedestrians to eliminate unsafe situations, such as putting down electronic devices. Distracted walking can often be just as dangerous as distracted driving. The same goes for drinking. Staying sober and vigilant can help drivers and pedestrians avoid any type of collision.

Dangers of Open Flames

Candles, most often used in jack-o-lanterns, help to illuminate walkways and houses. However, if not properly extinguished at the end of the night, these small flames can lead to large property damage claims. One easy trick to eliminate the worry of remembering to blow out candles is to set an alarm on your phone. This alert will give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy your evening without fear of forgetting.

The flammability of children’s costumes can also be a concern in rare situations. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) created a list of tips entirely devoted to Halloween safety for children. In reference to costume flammability, the AAP recommended looking for costumes, wigs, and accessories that have labels clearly indicating they are flame resistant.

Premises Liability and Property Damage

To ensure trick-or-treaters have a safe experience when walking up to your door, clearing walkways of anything that could cause them to trip or slip, such as garden hoses, toys, leaves, or the occasional Midwest October snow, is a great idea. Securing pets in locations away from the action can also help in preventing injuries.

While many of the scenarios previously mentioned are rare, they are possible. It’s important to seek any necessary medical treatment following a personal injury incident and contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Biesterveld & Crook, LLC wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!