If you are preparing yourself for Halloween, chances are you’re getting ready to be frightened. People enjoy the holiday for a variety of reasons, but most look forward to being scared in a safe way. We all know that the things that happen on Halloween are the things of our imaginations — or are they?
For many people this year, Halloween will mean a trip to the local emergency room. The reasons may surprise you. Parents tend to worry the most about their children’s candy being tampered with, but this is a scarcity. While there has been a case reported here and there of things being found in Halloween candy, it’s a concern that most will not need to have.
There are some very real concerns on Halloween, and knowing what they are can help people prepare. Here is what you really need to be worrying about this year.
Halloween is statistically the most dangerous day of the year for small pedestrians. Children aged 12 to 18 are most at risk for being struck by a vehicle while trick-or-treating because this age group is less likely to have a chaperone.
If your little ones will be going door-to-door for candy this year, make sure there is at least one adult present with each group, no matter how old members of the group are. Having someone watching out for the group can help to prevent accidents.
If you are going to be driving through any residential areas on Halloween night, or whichever night trick-or-treat is being held in your area, keep your eyes peeled. Kids are excited and may dart into the road without much thought. Drive slower than normal and keep your wits about you. If you take part in an adults-only party and consume a few alcoholic beverages, don’t drive.
Costumes are a big reason for slips and falls on Halloween night. Costumes should be kept ankle length or higher to prevent these accidents. Trailing costumes can be pinned up or hemmed before they are worn to help make them safer.
If your child is wearing a mask, make sure that they can see. A crack in the sidewalk or in someone’s driveway may be missed if your child has a difficult time seeing through their mask. Face paint is often much safer than having something covering the face completely.
If you are going to be welcoming trick-or-treaters onto your property, look for any hazards. Fill cracks in sidewalks and driveways, cut up tree roots and repair any other issues you find. Alternatively, create a pathway that steers children through a part of your property you know to be safe.
Pumpkin carving is a tradition that has been around for decades. People of all ages love cutting through the flesh of a pumpkin to create amazing works of art and scary surprises. It’s tempting to simply grab a knife out of the kitchen drawer and start cutting, but that could be a mistake. Your hands will get slippery with the guts of the pumpkin and could cause your knife to take a path you didn’t intend.
There are products on the market that are sold specifically for pumpkin carving. These are often safer than using a traditional knife. You can also paint pumpkins or decorate them with paper and glue. Look for some non-traditional, safe ways to create a stunning gourd and keep the sharp implements tucked away.
Halloween isn’t only dangerous for humans. If you have pets, make sure any candy is put high up on a shelf or behind a closed door. Chocolate and xylitol are both particularly dangerous for dogs and cats. Raisins should also be avoided. If your pet gets into the candy stash, call your vet right away. The sooner you can have your pet taken care of, the more likely they are to make it through their raid without lasting damage.
Halloween can be more dangerous than people expect. If you plan on hosting or attending a party this holiday, do so with your safety in mind. If you have children who will be trick-or-treating, take the time to supervise their outing. Doing these things will help to ensure that all the members of your family get through the night without having to seek medical attention.
If you are injured in a car wreck in West Palm Beach on Halloween, or are injured any other time of year, we may be able to help you recover damages if another person was at fault. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation. We will discuss your case and help you determine whether you have the necessary elements for a successful personal injury lawsuit. Your family shouldn’t have to suffer financial difficulty for an accident that was not your fault.