Halloween is one of the most exciting celebrations of the year for candy, costume, and horror enthusiasts. Festive Floridians spend months preparing spooky parties, horror movie marathons, haunted houses, and trick-or-treating adventures. However, the scariest place to be on Halloween isn’t a cemetery or a haunted house – it’s the emergency room.
Each year, hospitals are flooded with injured children and costumed characters of all ages. To help you and your loved ones stay safe this year, the personal injury lawyers at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PPLC have compiled a list of 5 essential trick-or-treating safety tips:
Tip #1: Make Sure Your House Is Child-Safe
- Clear your porch and sidewalk to protect roaming children – including your own.
- Avoid using dangerous decorations that could potentially harm your child.
- Use glowsticks or flashlights – not candles – inside your carved pumpkins.
Tip #2: Pick Out Safe Costumes for Your Family
- Don’t purchase costumes that impair your field of vision.
- Never wear costumes that constrict your breathing or prevent mobility.
- Aim for clothing that’s easy to see, even in the dark.
- Attach reflective tape to costumes and props to help drivers see your family.
- Verify that all costumes ad props are child-safe.
- Do not let your child (or adult loved ones) play with real weapons.
- Prevent altercations with fake weapons, as even plastic props can cause injuries.
Tip #3: Traveling to a Trick-Or-Treating Event? Drive Safely!
- Be on the lookout for distracted pedestrians and wandering trick-or-treaters.
- Be extra vigilant when driving between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
- Never use your cell phone if you’re operating a motor vehicle, not even to check directions.
- Always use your headlights, even if it’s not quite dark yet.
- Do not, under any circumstances, drive if you have been drinking.
Tip #4: Plan a Safe Night of Trick-Or-Treating
- Pay attention to weather reports and dress appropriately.
- Prepare a safe walking route in advance.
- Don’t drink before going out with the kids.
- Try to plan a group excursion with other families in the neighborhood.
- Keep your kids on brightly-lit sidewalks – no jaywalking!
- Use flashlights and/or glowsticks to light the path.
- Make use of local, family-friendly trick-or-treating events.
- Don’t let your kids partake of the spoils before you have a chance to examine the haul at home.
Tip #5: Examine Each Piece of Candy
- Scrutinize every piece of candy your children collected.
- Remain vigilant about potential allergies.
- Look for signs of tampering, including torn packaging, glass, razor blades, drugs, etc.
- Throw out any questionable pieces.
- Don’t let your kid stick candy up their nose – it happens, a lot.
Injured on Halloween?
We hope these tips help you and your loved ones stay safe this Halloween. That said, if you’re injured by a negligent party this October, please don’t hesitate to contact the personal injury lawyers at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PPLC. Our client-driven team has over 70 years of collective legal experience in both personal injury and insurance claims cases. We can investigate your case, calculate your projected injury-related expenses, and litigate on your behalf in court to secure a favorable case outcome.
Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PPLC is committed to providing personal, one-on-one legal services. Contact our personal injury attorneys at (866) 675-4427 to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation today. If you’re unable to visit our office, we can hold the appointment at your home or hospital room.