Halloween Safety Tips
The lawyers and staff at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are every bit as excited as their kids about Halloween. However, as parents, we also want to protect our children from harm. The personal injury attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are therefor you to ensure your children are cared for as well as possible if they’re injured on Halloween or on any other day because of somebody else’s negligence.
Accidents can occur at any time of the night or day, but the time span between 4 PM and 10 PM is one of the most dangerous times for pedestrians. No children under the age of 12 should be trick-or-treating without adult supervision. Older children are not an acceptable substitute for adults since they can be distracted and excited much like younger children.Adult supervision is of the utmost importance for preventing children from being injured on Halloween.
Common Causes Of Halloween Injuries
• Homeowner negligence: make sure your front yard and the path from the sidewalk to your front door is clear of any hazards or obstructions to help make sure that your neighborhood children have a fun, safe Halloween.
•Drunk driving: It is commonly known among police that Halloween sees a higher than average rate of drunk driving accidents.
• Poorly designed costumes: Costumes, especially ones featuring masks, can obscure the vision of children, increasing the chances that children will not see vehicles when crossing roads.
How To Prevent Halloween Accidents
•Teach your children not to dart out into the street, and to avoid entering a road to cross it from between two parked cars.
•Teach your children to use crosswalks and make eye contact with drivers before crossing roads, and teach them not to jaywalk.
•Make sure your children can see around them and that poor mask designs or poorly fitted masks can’t suddenly obstruct their vision.
•Utilize flashlights, glow sticks, reflective tape and/or other items which light up to make sure drivers can see your children if they’re wearing dark costumes.
•Electronic devices can be a huge distraction for children, so make sure your children know they’re not allowed to use them in or near traffic.