Halloween should be a safe and spooky holiday, not one where accidents and injuries leave you feeling scared. Whether you and your friends or family are planning on trick-or-treating or enjoying a costume party, it's important to always make safety one of your top priorities. After all, Halloween sees quite a high number of preventable accidents and injuries every year.
When it comes to Halloween, The Daspit Law Firm wants all local resident and their loved ones to stay safe. This is why our personal injury attorneys have taken the time to compile a list of some of the most dangerous Halloween hazards and tips on how to avoid them.
- Trip and Fall Accidents – Trip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of emergency room visits on Halloween. If you are taking the kids out trick-or-treating, make sure to use a flashlight to help see and be careful about running in unfamiliar areas. If you're a property owner, you can help keep trick-or-treaters safe by addressing any potential tripping hazards, or by using warnings or barriers if you can't immediately fix them.
- Pedestrian Accidents –Streets and sidewalks are packed on Halloween, which only increases the risk for accidents. Make sure your children know to always stay on the sidewalk and look both ways before crossing the street. Safety experts recommend using flashlights or using reflective tape to increase visibility to motorists.
- Eye Injuries – Eye injuries are common on Halloween, often from fake swords and other props. Make sure your children use costume accessories safely – even though they may be fake, plastic swords and sticks can be dangerous. The FDA also warns against using decorative contact lenses, as they can be dangerous to the eyes.
- Cuts and Burns – Be prepared for cuts and burns – after all, kids will be kids. Be especially careful when kids are carving pumpkins, and make sure that special tools are used to reduce risks. Also make sure costumes are flame-resistant, as open flames or candles could present additional hazards.
- Drunk Driving – Halloween isn't just for trick-or-treaters, and many adults will choose to celebrate the holiday with a few drinks. Be on the lookout for all motorists and always stay on the sidewalk. If you plan on drinking, do so responsibly or plan for a ride.
The Daspit Law Firm wishes everyone a Happy Halloween! If you have questions about your rights after a preventable accident, contact our firm for a free consultation.