Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids and adults alike. It is always exciting to dress up in costumes and trick or treat at night! However, it is no surprise that Halloween also brings with it increased risks of accidents and injuries.
There is an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians on Halloween. Also, let’s not forget that many people celebrate the holiday by consuming alcohol, so we can expect an increase in the risk of alcohol-related accidents.
Car accidents are not the only safety concerns. With dark conditions, poor visibility and the design of certain costumes, there is an increased risk of tripping and falling on an uneven sidewalk. Burn injury risks are also heightened on Halloween as some lawns have lit up jack-o-lanterns, and some costumes can be highly flammable.
To help keep you and your loved ones safe on Halloween, our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton would like to make this a safe and fun night for all the trick or treaters. Please review the following Halloween safety tips:
- Swords, knives, and any similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- Never trick or treat alone. Stay in groups with adult supervision.
- Apply reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Hold a flashlight while trick or treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk and refrain from running house to house.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Wear well-fitting costumes, masks, and shoes to avoid any unnecessary slips, trips, and falls.
- Only visit well lit houses. Stay away from dark house. Never accept rides from strangers.
- Wear flame-resistant costumes.