Halloween is right around the corner and that means its time for ghoulish costumes, spooky treats and all-night parties. Unfortunately, that also means it’s time for some serious Halloween related injuries.
Every year thousands of injuries are reported on October 31. Mostly, the injuries are accidents: kids burning themselves while playing with lit Jack O’ Lanterns and candles or tripping while running around the neighborhood with oversized costumes and props. But some can be more serious, like car accidents caused by drunk drivers and chocking incidents due to faulty costumes and props.
This Halloween remember to keep your family and yourself safe while celebrating by following some basic holiday safety tips:
If your going to a party where alcoholic beverages will be served, make sure you have a designated driver. One of the major causes of accidents on Halloween is auto accidents where one or both parties were drunk.
If you are staying at home and greeting neighborhood trick-or-treaters make sure your house is plainly lit and that there are no decorations or wires blocking your entry path that may cause children to fall and injure themselves.
If you are going to be walking the neighborhood with your own children, make sure to carry a flash light. Children can be hit by Halloween traffic while crossing the street due to a lack of visibility. Also, know your neighborhood. While the State of Florida Department of Corrections has strict guidelines on sexual offenders during the holiday season it’s always best to be prepared. Go on http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do to look up your neighborhood and see where potential treats may be.
Lastly, pick costumes that are breathable, fit right and are safe for children. Sometime costumes that look non-flammable aren’t. Make sure you read tags and labels on all the costume pieces and follow age requirements which can prevent serious chocking accidents, especially when it comes to small props like guns and wands that have pieces that can break off easily.
Remember it’s not always possible to prevent injuries, but its’ always best to be prepared and have a plan.
The Injury Law Clinic wishes you a happy and safe Halloween.