More children are killed in pedestrian accidents on Halloween than during any other night of the year. Children are actually four times more likely to die in a pedestrian accident on Halloween night.
They’re also at some serious risks when it comes to costumes, strangers, dogs and other hazards. Luckily, officials with the Alabama Department of Public Health are here to help guide you through a safe Halloween.
Costume problems also increase your child’s risks of a burn or a fall accident during their Halloween activities.
To avoid some freaky falls, cumbersome costumes or tricky treats, our Montgomery child injury attorneys encourage you to get educated, and get prepared. Each year, the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) sees a spike in calls involving children 14 and younger on Halloween night. The national holiday can be enjoyed without incident by following safety precautions before, during and after the night’s events.
Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween. But not when it comes to child safety. After dark, kids aren’t usually swarming the neighborhood. But on Halloween night, all bets are off.
Children must be particularly alert for cars and other traffic.
-Try not to use masks. They can obstruct your child’s view and increase the risks for an accident. You may have to cut the eye openings larger to allow more visibility. If any skin starts to show through the enlarged holes, you can always use some black face paint to cover the exposed areas of the skin.
-Make sure children have flashlights and are equipped with reflectors to help them see their surroundings and to allow their surroundings to see them.
-Avoid long costumes. Keep them short to avoid tripping.
-Look for flame-resistant labels on costumes, masks, beards and wigs. If you’re making a costume, you want to avoid flimsy and oversized materials. These kinds of costumes can come in contact with an exposed flame such as a candle.
-Make sure that props are flexible, including swords and knives.
-Dress children in shoes that fit. Adult shoes are not safe for trick-or-treaters. The larger size makes it easier for them to trip and fall.
-Feed children before heading out so they’re less likely to consume candies that haven’t been inspected yet.
-When you get home from trick-or-treating, look through your child’s candy to make sure none is open or has been tampered with. Only allow the consumption of safe, factory-sealed candy.
-Toss out any candy that looks suspicious.
-If going throughout the neighborhood, make sure your young children are supervised.
-Teach children safe pedestrian skills before heading out.
-Always cross the road at intersections, and at a crosswalk if possible.
-Stay in well-lit areas.
-Set a curfew. Don’t allow children to stay out too late.
-Look left, right and left again before and during your walk across the street.
-Teach children not to cut across anyone’s yards. There can be clotheslines or other lawn or other “hidden hazards” in the dark. Tell your children to stay on the sidewalk at all times.
If your child has suffered an injury, contact Allred & Allred P.C. for experienced advice about your rights. Call for a free consultation at 334.396.9200.
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