Halloween is a holiday that is enjoyed by children and adults alike. While it is a festive season, parents must also be aware of the safety issues their children face. Statistics have shown that an average of 5.5 pedestrian deaths occur each Halloween, compared with 2.6 on other days of the year. Unlike many people might think, a majority of fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween do not occur late at night, but between 5 and 9 p.m., with the deadliest hour occurring from 6-7 p.m.
Both drivers and pedestrians should exercise extreme care on Halloween. Additionally, parents should arrange that their children walk in groups and are supervised by a trusted adult while trick or treating. They should also ensure that children use sidewalks and cross walks whenever it is possible.
Parents should make sure that their children's costumes are free from choking hazards or sharp objects. Costumes and masks should also not obstruct vision or breathing. If the costume requires cosmetic makeup, it is best to test on a small portion of the skin before applying all over to ensure that there is no allergic reaction.
Some safety tips for you and your children to enjoy a safe and happy Halloween:
· Wear reflective gear at night
· Do not wear costumes that obstruct your vision
· Be alert when walking in the streets
· Stay focused when walking- do not engage in cell phone use
· Make sure any sword/knife costume accessories are soft and flexible
· Only trick or treat at houses that are well-lit
· Wear costumes made from flame retardant material
· Do not wear decorative contact lenses unless you have been fitted by an eye care professional
Parents who are unable to be with their children while trick or treating should advise their children regarding safety, even if they are with a trusted adult. Children should be cautioned that they should not enter strangers' homes, or take rides from strangers. Additionally, children should also be warned that they should not eat any homemade treats from strangers, and allow their parents to inspect their treat bags before they consume any candy.
If you or your child has been injured due to someone else's negligence or recklessness while trick-or-treating, or engaging in Halloween related activities, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an attorney who is experienced in dealing with personal injury matters. Call Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP at (212) 571-7171.