This Halloween, you want to make sure your child follows safety guidelines to prevent any accidents or injuries from happening. Halloween is one of the most dangerous holidays of the year. On Halloween, collisions and falls can happen unexpectedly as children dart aimlessly across the street from house to house collecting candy. Halloween is a fun celebration for children but it can result in serious injury. If your child is injured on Halloween, reach out to a devoted Washington D.C. Injury Attorney.
What can I do to ensure my child is safe this Halloween?
When choosing a Costume:
When your child begins to plan out a costume, make sure it is a lighter color or has some reflective element to it. This will ensure that your child is visible to drivers on the road and will prevent any collisions. Additionally, you want to make sure your child is in a costume that fits them. This will prevent them from tripping over themselves resulting in injury.
When they’re trick-or-treating:
If your child is planning on going trick-or-treating at night, an adult should accompany them. Children do not know the rules of the road. Having adult supervision could prevent any accidents or injuries from occurring. If your children are older than 12, you should plan a safe route for them to take. Advise your child to only trick-or-treat in well-lit and familiar areas. You should give your child a curfew.
When approaching a house, children must not be distracted while walking down a walkway, climbing up stairs, or passing a driveway. Not every homeowner makes sure that their property is safe for trick-or-treaters. There could be faulty steps, loose wires, or other unsafe conditions for children. Your child should avoid being distracted like being on their phone when crossing the street. Children should be advised to never assume a car sees them. They should always look both ways before crossing and create a “buddy” system. If your child takes these precautions, it could prevent them from being injured on Halloween.
When you’re planning Halloween activities at home:
If you decide staying home is a better option to ensure your child is safe, you will still need to take precautions. While you are home, you may decorate with jack-o-lanterns. Jack-o-lanterns are a staple decoration for many families, but they can easily start fires if you use an open flame. Instead, you should use battery-operated candles or glow sticks to light them. Any props you may decorate your home with should be far away from any open flames or heaters.
If your child is going trick-or-treating serious injury can occur. To ensure your child’s safety consider following some of our safety tips. In the unfortunate event that your child does get injured this Halloween, speak with our firm so we can work on getting you the justice you deserve.
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