Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers on Staying Safe This HalloweenOctober 21, 2015
Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for children and adults alike. But if proper safety precautions are not taken, accidents can happen, turning what should be a night of fun into a tragedy. Maryland personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have outlined some ways that you can make this Halloween one to remember – for all the right reasons.
Safe Halloween Decorating
- Use care when carving your jack-o-lantern. Every year, thousands of Americans visit the emergency room with lacerations and stab wounds sustained while carving pumpkins. The majority of those injured are under the age of 14. Encourage kids to paint their pumpkin instead, or have them choose a design or draw a face for an adult to carve.
- Consider using a battery operated candle or glow stick instead of a traditional candle to light your creation to avoid the risk of a fire. Never leave a lit candle unattended.
- Keep your walkways and doorstep well lit and free from debris or wires that could cause someone to slip or trip and fall.
- Dog bites are a major concern on Halloween. If you have a dog that is fearful of strangers, keep him inside and away from the front door until trick-or-treat hours are over.
Plan Costumes with Safety in Mind
- A costume should never limit a child’s ability to see or be seen. Masks or other elaborate headgear can block a child’s view. Consider using non-toxic face paint or make-up instead.
- Use reflective tape on costumes or have children carry a flashlight or glow stick to make them easier to spot by passing motorists.
- Check that shoes fit properly and that the costume is short enough to allow the child to walk up steps without tripping or becoming entangled.
- When purchasing costumes and wigs, look for a label that indicates the product is flame resistant. Avoid any loose clothing or accessories that could easily come in contact with a flame.
- Young children should always be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
- If older kids are going out alone, help them plan their route ahead of time and agree on a specific time to return home. Remind them to stay with their group and to watch out for each other.
- Only cross the street at corners – never between parked cars or out driveways.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk close to the edge of the roadway facing oncoming traffic.
- Use crosswalks whenever possible and observe all traffic signals.
- Never assume that a driver sees you. Make eye contact with the driver before crossing the road.
- Only trick-or-treat at houses that have their porch light on. Never enter the home, garage or vehicle of someone you don’t know.
- Never use a cell-phone or other handheld device while driving. Each year, more than 500 pedestrians are killed and thousands more are injured in distracted driving accidents; more are hurt on Halloween night than any other night of the year.
- Drive below the posted speed limit on Halloween, especially in residential areas where trick-or-treaters might be out.
- When dropping children off, find a safe spot to pull over and use your hazard lights to signal other drivers.
- Use extreme caution when backing out of driveways to avoid a potential rollover accident.
- Never drink and drive. If you are attending a Halloween party, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.
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