Don’t Get Spooked: Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

by Carmen Dellutri on October 28, 2011

Naples personal injury attorneyWhile Halloween is a great time to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat tasty treats, accidents can spoil the fun and even lead to serious injuries.

As Florida personal injury attorneys, we want to make sure children stay safe this Halloween.

Below are several Halloween safety tips from law enforcement and safety experts to ensure that you and your trick-or-treaters stay injury-free.

  • To easily see and be seen, children should carry flashlights.
  • Costumes should be shorter than floor length and have a reflective marking, such as tape, to be more visible.
  • When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label “Flame Resistant.” Although this label does not mean these items won't catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source.
  • To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
  • Any props involved with the costume should be soft and not be able to harm others.
  • If children wear a mask, officers say to make sure they take it off when crossing the street or walking door to door so they can see. Instead of a mask, children can wear make-up or a hat.
  • Officers say children should always be with an adult, walking, and not running from house to house. As always, officers say to obey traffic signals and walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers.
  • Officers recommend taking your children to trick-or-treat in well-lit neighborhoods and near houses that are familiar to them.
  • Trick-or-treaters should also have their name, address, and telephone identification on them in case of an emergency. Remind children to always stay in a group and to not stay back to pet stray animals.
  • Parents, remember to feed your child before they go out so they are not as likely to eat their treats. Trick-or-treaters should not eat any candy before the parent inspects them. Officers say tampering with candy still happens.
  • But the warnings aren't just for parents and their kids. Officers say homeowners should be aware of hazards in their yard, such as removing ladders, garden hoses, or dog leashes. Candles should not be used in jack-o-lanterns.
  • On Halloween night, if you are driving, officers ask that you please use extra caution and be aware of the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood.

Halloween Safety tips provided by CPSC

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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