Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on October 13, 2017
Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. Adults and children alike enjoy dressing up and celebrating the season. Whether your Halloween plans have you trick or treating, passing out candy, or attending an adult party, injuries can and do happen each year. Learn the most common Halloween injuries and how you can prevent them.
1. Traffic Accidents
It should come as no surprise that kids walking through the streets and adults going to Halloween parties can lead to disaster. On this night, there is an increased risk for pedestrian accidents and drunk driving collisions. Parents, make sure your children keep to the sidewalks and avoid dangerous intersections. Only allow your children to go trick or treating solo if they’re mature enough to understand these rules. Give your children flashlights and consider adding reflective tape to their costumes so they’re more visible in the dark.
If you’re attending an adult party, always designate a driver or make plans to stay overnight. Never drink and drive, but be extra diligent on a night when there are more children in the streets.
2. Eye Injuries
Costumes like pirates, knights, and grim reapers often come with sharp accessories like swords and picks. If you’re not careful, you could be stuck with a permanent eye patch. Children who have these props could end up using them like the real thing, which could lead to injury. Keep all sharp props away from children and stick to the foam and soft rubber accessories. If attending a crowded party, consider covering your props with electrical tape to remove sharp edges.
3. Burn Injuries
Today’s costumes often have capes, wigs, and extra material. If these materials aren’t flame retardant, it could lead to serious injury – especially around open flames like candles in a Jack-O-Lantern. Choose costumes made from flame retardant materials and encourage your neighborhood to swap out their traditional tea lights for LED versions.
4. Puncture or Poisoning Injuries
It’s not common, but you still hear stories about candy with which some cruel person has tampered. When your children come home with their spoils, sort through all candy and throw out any partially unwrapped or suspicious looking candy. Area police departments often offer free candy inspection, so check with your local precinct for details.
5. Home Injuries
Last, take steps to protect trick or treaters around your home. Remove anything that a child could trip over, like toys, bikes, garden hoses, and lawn décor. Check all outdoor lights and ensure your porch is well-lit. Restrain pets in one room of your house so they don’t startle or inadvertently jump on children.
While Halloween brings a lot of excitement, candy, and sugar into your household, it’s also important to remember safety. Halloween injuries aren’t common, but they do happen every year. By knowing the common causes of injury, you’ll be better equipped to prevent them. Observe some common-sense safety tips, and you’ll be ready to enjoy a fun-filled evening while minimizing risk of an injury.