Halloween is a time for fun costumes, scary movies, themed parties, and, of course, trick-or-treating. And while Halloween fun can bring experiences like no others, it can also lead to accidents that cause major injuries for anyone involved. But above all, children are at the greatest risk for serious and life-threatening injuries.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided an extensive list of safety tips for Maryland trick-or-treaters in order to prevent major accidents. Trick-or-treaters should always go in groups or with a trusted adult, use sidewalks when available, cross streets at crosswalks, and look both ways before crossing a street. Additionally, costumes should not obscure your vision, cause a tripping hazard, or have dangerous accessories, plus, using a flashlight and reflective tape can help you be spotted by drivers more easily. Children should never eat homemade candy, and adults should inspect all candy for hazards.
For Halloween party hosts, try to eliminate as many dangers as possible to prevent injuries. Use electric lights instead of flames to prevent burn injuries, cover open flames, remove all slip and fall accident hazards, and make sure that all party decorations do not pose a hazard to guests.
According to SafeKids.org, twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween than any other day of the year, but there are many other hazards present during the holiday, as well. Be sure to be fully aware of the safety concerns present for yourself and your family.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent or reckless party, the St. Mary’s County personal injury lawyers of Alpert Schreyer can provide you with the representation needed to prove fault and find compensation for all losses. To learn more, call (844) 632-7274.