Kids and adults alike often love Halloween for the chance to dress up, attend parties, and collect candy from friends and neighbors. However, the dark weather, decorations, and costumes that are the staples of this holiday can all pose injury risks. You can help protect yourself and those you love from injury this Halloween by keeping in mind a few simple safety tips, courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
- Costumes: Make sure costumes and shoes fit well and don’t pose a tripping hazard. Decorating costumes and candy bags with reflective tape can also make trick-or-treaters easier for drivers to see in the dark, which may help prevent a pedestrian accident. To improve a trick-or-treater’s ability to see, give him or her a flashlight, and opt for make-up instead of a mask.
- Decorations: To reduce the risk of fire, use electric lights instead of candles inside jack-o-lanterns, luminaries, and other decorations. If you use dried cornstalks or other natural items, keep them well away from sources of heat and flames. Make sure all yard decorations are large enough to be seen in the dark, turn on your porch lights, and keep walkways clear so that trick-or-treaters and partygoers do not trip on them.
- Trick-or-Treating: Children should always be accompanied by an adult when they trick-or-treat. They should visit only houses they know, and they should have all treats examined by an adult before eating them. Eating a big dinner before heading out can help prevent snacking en route.
There’s nothing like an accident to ruin an otherwise fun holiday. If you or someone you love is injured this Halloween, the hardworking personal injury attorneys in El Paso County at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help. Call us today at (719) 401-0585 for a free telephone consultation.