Halloween is the highlight of the year for children because they wear costumes and go trick-or-treating to collect candy. However, while this is an enjoyable seasonal activity, the fun can quickly become a nightmare when someone gets injured. To ensure your child stays safe while enjoying this holiday, give them a refresher on traffic safety. If your child has been injured while trick-or-treating, please don’t hesitate to contact our determined Jefferson County Personal Injury Lawyers, who can help you consider your legal options.
What are some tips to help ensure a fun & safe Halloween for my child?
To protect your young trick-or-treaters this Halloween from injury, you should follow these essential safety tips:
- Costume safety. While dressing up as beloved characters can be a fun experience for your children, ensure their costumes and accessories are fire-resistant. During this season, many families decorate their homes with jack-o-lanterns. As such, there is an increased risk that a child may encounter a jack-o-lantern with a lit candle inside. In addition to ensuring their costume is fire-resistant, you should ensure it fits them properly. If the costume is too big or long, it could pose a tripping hazard.
- Increase their visibility. Trick-or-treating usually goes late into the night, meaning your child will navigate the streets in the dark. As such, you should choose light-colored costumes, if possible, as well as holding glow sticks or using reflective tape to ensure they are visible to oncoming motorists.
- Refrain from using costumes with a mask. Many kids wear scary makes, heightening their costume’s spookiness and fear factors. However, this can make it difficult for them to see oncoming traffic when crossing the street or tripping hazards. Instead of wearing a mask, consider wearing makeup. However, if you do decide to wear makeup, make sure to follow the directions.
- Refresh your children on traffic safety. This is an exciting holiday. As such, many children will forget critical traffic safety rules when navigating their neighborhood. Therefore, you should refresh their memory on essential tips such as using traffic signals and crosswalks, looking left, right, and left again when crossing, and crossing only from street corners.
- Encourage them to stay together. It’s beneficial for your child to stay in a large group to ensure they are more visible to motorists. They should implement the buddy system and ensure that their phones are charged if they get separated. In addition, you should encourage your kids to stick to familiar and well-lit areas.
If your child has been injured while trick-or-treating due to someone else’s negligence, you need to enlist the help of an experienced lawyer from Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers, LLC, who can help you fight for the just compensation your child may be entitled to for their damages.