Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: The Trick to a Safe Halloween

Whether you are a kid, or simply a kid at heart, Halloween is the perfect time to dress up in a crazy costume, go trick-or-treating with friends, carve a spooky jack-o-lantern, and enjoy some of the treats you collected. Sometimes, in the excitement of it all, kids can focus too much on the treats and not enough on the tricks to stay safe. Our Maryland personal injury lawyers offer the following tips to keep your children safe so they can have an enjoyable Halloween.

Costume Considerations

No matter how creepy and crazy a costume is, is should always be safe. Keep the following in mind when choosing a costume:

  • Costumes and trick-or-treat bags should include reflective tape somewhere that is easy for motorists to see.
  • Opt for face paint instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Select a costume that is the right size so that it is not a tripping hazard. Test make-up on a small area before putting it on your face.
  • Make sure that all elements of the costume are flame resistant.
  • If a costume includes a sword, cane, or stick, make sure it is not sharp or too long.

The Trick-or-Treat Trail 

  • If you are trick-or-treating at night, always use a flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • An adult should always accompany children under 12. If your child is older, review the route ahead of time and agree on a time when they should be home.
  • Do not approach homes that do not have a porch light on.
  • Never accept a ride, or enter a home from a stranger who is offering candy.
  • Stay on well-lit streets and do not cut across yards.
  • Do not separate from your group.
  • Always check for cars before you cross the street. Do not assume cars can see you.
  • Examine all candy once you have brought it home. Check for tampering or choking hazards and never eat anything homemade from a stranger.

Use Extra Caution When Driving 

  • When driving through residential areas on Halloween be alert and aware at all times. Children can be unpredictable when they are excited. Use extra caution to reduce the risk of a car accident.
  • When entering and exiting driveways, do so slowly and carefully, watching for children at all times.
  • The most popular trick-or-treat times are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., so make sure you are particularly alert during these hours.

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured on Halloween

 If you or your child has been injured in an accident due to another’s negligence, it is in your best interest to contact the Maryland personal Injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will work tirelessly to determine who is responsible for your injuries, and pursue the financial compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent clients throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.