Winston-Salem personal injury attorneys know that parents spend a great deal of time concerned about their children’s safety this time of year with all the festivals and Halloween activities throughout North Carolina.
As much fun as it is for kids to dress up in costume to go trick-or-treating, it is potentially an accident waiting to happen. Halloween poses several risks that could cause child injuries in Charlotte, Asheville and elsewhere. Injuries typical this time of year include being struck by a vehicle, eating candy that has been tampered with, wearing a defective costume, and trip-and-fall accidents.
Emergency rooms become crowded with children at Halloween due to head injuries from falls, puncture wounds from costume accessories, eye injuries from masks and burn injuries from flammable costumes. Parents can help protect their kids by choosing a safe costume for them to wear while trick-or-treating or attending a Halloween party.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers a safety alert to parents who are concerned about Halloween dangers. Don’t let children eat candy or treats before you have a chance to examine. When you get ready to shop for costumes, make sure you look for the flame resistant tag on masks, wigs, beards and costumes. This won’t guarantee that it won’t catch fire but the product should resist burning and extinguish relatively quickly. When trick-or-treating, only choose homes that are familiar and that are well-lit. Children should use caution when approaching a home to reduce injury caused by lawn ornaments, cracked sidewalks, jack-o-lanterns with real flames, loose railings, or steps that are not properly secured.
Tips for choosing injury prevention costumes:
-Select a costume short enough that fall accidents and tripping hazards aren’t a concern for children while walking.
-Pick bright costumes that can be seen by motorists. If a costume is dark, look for reflective tape on hems or seems that can make it more visible.
-Children should wear footwear that fits properly. Wearing inappropriate footwear can lead to broken bones or concussions caused by fall accidents.
-Choose costume accessories wisely. No sharp or hard objects should be used. Hats and scarves should be tied securely to reduce tripping hazards but not too tight to cause restriction of breathing or a strangulation hazard.
-Try using face paint rather than a wearing a mask that can obstruct vision or cause a choking hazard.
Parents should talk to their kids about the dangers of Halloween. The City of Winston-Salem offers these additional tips for safe trick-or-treating:
-Stay away from stranger danger. Only ring door bells or knock on doors of people you are familiar with. Never talk or get inside stranger’s vehicle.
-An adult must accompany a child or group of children at all times. Never let them out of your sight.
-Instruct children not to take shortcuts while roaming through neighborhoods asking for candy.
-Only select candy or treats that are sealed in manufacturers’ wrappers.
-Remind children to behave responsibly and no horse-play, especially around moving vehicles.
-Designate and instruct what time you want your child to return home.
If your child is injured while Halloween trick-or-treating in North Carolina, or suffers an injury from a defective costume in South Carolina, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free appointment to discuss your claim. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with an injury attorney.
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North Carolina Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Premise Liability Claims a Halloween Danger, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 24, 2010.