On Halloween night the streets will be full of children collecting treats and many others playing tricks. It’s important to know the dangers and how to keep your children safe on Halloween. Last year United Press International reported that a child in New Jersey and a child in Florida had been killed in car accidents on the night of Halloween.
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports about 5,000 traffic fatalities have occurred during Halloween week during the last decade. Drunk drivers have been involved in more than half of those fatal crashes. Nationwide, law enforcement will be conducting an “Over the Limit. Under Arrest” drunk driving enforcement campaign from Oct. 25 -31.
Aside from the increased risk of North Carolina car accidents, parents and kids are also at high risk of North Carolina pedestrian accidents and premise liability claims, including slip and fall accidents and dog attacks.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that Halloween is among the busiest holidays in hospital emergency rooms, with hand and finger injuries being the most common. Children ages 10 to 14 are among the most frequently injured.
Halloween is an exciting time of the year. Unfortunately it is also host to frightening realities. Here are some helpful tips to keep your family safe on Halloween:
-Get costumes that are bright and fit properly and shoes are properly fitted to prevent tripping.
-Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
-Use makeup as a safe alternative to masks that limit eyesight.
-When purchasing costumes and accessories be sure that they are flame resistant.
-Insist on flashlights for all children and escorts.
-Make sure your children know how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) just in case.
-Instead of using candles for pumpkins buy glow sticks.
-Cross the street at cross walks and never in between vehicles on the street.
-Stay out of areas that are not well lit.
-Only visit houses that have their porch light on.
-Never go into anyone’s home.
-Don’t assume that vehicles are going to stop for you; always let them pass before crossing.
Halloween is one of a kid’ favorite holidays and parents can do so much to ensure it is a safe one. You can find many more tips like the ones above on having a safe Halloween including how to make your home safer for trick-or-treaters and having a healthier Halloween at theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics website.
If your child is injured on Halloween, contact the North Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of South and North Carolina, including Thomasville, Hickory, Concord and Charlotte.