Keeping Your Children Safe on HalloweenOctober 23, 2018
Kids love everything about Halloween, from dressing up in their costumes to trick-or-treating with friends. It is a day full of fun, fright, and free treats. Unfortunately, there is also a scary side to Halloween. According to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day. Other safety issues involve unsafe costumes, exposure to strangers, and potentially unsafe ingredients in the candy. However, Halloween does not have to be nightmare if you make safety a priority and keep important safety tips in mind.
To help keep the trick in trick-or-treating, the American Academy of Pediatrics has developed a list of tips that parents and children should keep in mind as they head out this Halloween.
- Never let children walk around the neighborhood alone, particularly at night. For children who are old enough to go alone, plan a route ahead of time, and agree on a time that the children should be home.
- Make sure that your child understands to never accept a ride from a stranger or enter a stranger’s home.
- Discuss safety with your children before they head out, and make sure that they understand that they should always stay with their friends and only trick-or-treat in areas that are well-lit. Avoid going up to houses that are dark.
- Avoid wearing costumes that have masks as they can obstruct vision.
- Be sure to secure reflective tape on all costumes and/or bags if your children will be trick-or-treating when it is dark outside. If you do not have reflective tape, give them a flashlight or glow stick to carry.
It is also extremely important for motorists to pay close attention to trick-or-treaters and parents, particularly as it gets dark. Watch for young children who may dart across the street without looking. Use extra caution when exiting driveways or alleys. As daylight begins to fade, it can be difficult to see children, particularly if they are wearing a dark costume. Drive slowly, use extra caution, and avoid driving at all if you are a new, inexperienced driver.
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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident on Halloween, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. Motorists have a responsibility to drive with extra caution when children are out trick-or-treating. Our dedicated and compassionate team will determine who is responsible for your injuries and seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Protecting your rights is our top priority. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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