Halloween is a special time of year. All the monsters, pirates, princesses, and ghouls come out for their fill of tricks and treats. But it is also a night where you need to take extra care to avoid the potential dangers lurking around. The Halloween tricks might not be the only things to frighten you Halloween night. Here are four of the common Halloween injuries to look out for.
Jack-O-Lantern + fancy capes and outfits = a recipe for disaster.
Fortunately, modern LED lit Jack-O-Lanterns are doing away with this safety risk. Traditional style Jack-O-Lanterns are commonly lit with a candle. This gives the design of the pumpkin it’s signature spooky glow. Open flames are dangerous and kids costumes can catch the flame when walking by. Do not place your Jack-O-Lanterns on doorsteps or in walkways to avoid potential burns or injuries. When buying costumes, look for a “Flame Resistant” label. This also applies to masks, beards, and wigs. Try to buy costumes that are made without baggy sleeves, large capes, large skirts, or flimsy materials. Keeping material closer to the body will help avoid the risk of brushing past open flames.
Accessories bring the costume to life. A princess needs a crown as much as a pirate needs a sword. While these accessories are important on Halloween night, so is safety. Whether it be a pirate sword, a tiara, or any other miscellaneous accessory, potential dangers must not be ignored. Accessories can be sharp, and eye injuries happen more often than you think. Be sure to buy accessories that are soft, foam, or inflatable when it comes to swords and any other objects meant to be “sharp”. Make sure that any tiaras, jewelry, and other accessories do not have any sharp edges.
Mask and facial props should not interfere with the child’s vision. Make sure that masks are properly fitted and anything that could block the line of sight is removed. Be sure that if you are using face paint or any makeup/skin transfers, that you test for any skin reactions before applying to the whole face. Make sure that paint or any facial props cant get into the eye during the course of trick-or-treating. Taking the time to opt for safer props can make a huge difference in the safety of your children on Halloween night.
Halloween night brings communities out into the dark. Children are collecting their treats and adults are celebrating. There can be many dangers while out on Halloween. Prevention is the best form of protection. If you are celebrating with friends and family, be sure to never drink and drive. Have a plan ahead of time as to how you will get home safely. This could be designating a driver, using a ride-share program, or calling a taxi.
When you are out trick-or-treating with your kids, be sure to explain to them road safety. Make sure to cross the street at traffic signals and crosswalks (Look left, right and left again when crossing). Always walk on designated sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Make sure costumes are close-fitting and do not drag on the ground to prevent trip and fall accidents.
Once you’ve returned home from trick-or-treating, go through the candy your kids have amassed and check to make sure there is not anything that could be potentially dangerous. Throw out anything that looks suspicious such as:
- Homemade goods from strangers
- Tears in wrappers
- Unwrapped items
- Odd appearance / discoloration
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We at Davis Law Firm hope that you’ll be on the look out for these possible injuries on Halloween night. Keep you children safe from potential dangers. Remember to never drink and drive! Should you find yourself in need of a personal injury lawyer, you can always contact us at (210) 444-4444, (956) 444-4444 or (361) 444-4444. Davis Law Firm is here 24/7 for you!