Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is just a few days away, and though this holiday is full of traditions, festivities, and fun, it is a holiday that certainly carries its risks. As you dress up and head out this Halloween, Wagner Reese wants to offer a few tips to keep you and your children safe this holiday:
- Choose warm costumes: even if your kiddos want to dress up in non-warm costumes, or outfits with little fabric, make sure to dress them in layers with plenty of warmth underneath their costumes. Try getting solid colored pants and shirts that match their costumes to go underneath, so they have the extra warmth without distracting from their costume.
- Choose your trick or treating locations wisely. Stick to neighborhoods and houses that you know, and make sure you inspect the treats and candy your children receive before you let them dig in.
- When getting dressed for the evening, if you or your child are wearing a dark colored costume, make sure to attach something bright and reflective. When you are walking around town, and likely crossing streets at night, visibility is incredibly important.
- Use a buddy system. If your children are old enough to go out on their own, make sure they still know to stick with friends and have people around who can watch out for them at all times. Know where your kids will be, and have them call you to check in, especially if their plans are going to change.
- Teach your kids about safe pedestrian habits: only use crosswalks, wait for signals, follow law-enforcement directions, and make sure you keep an eye out for motorists. Halloween is a night known for high drunk-driving fatalities, and 11% of those accidents involve a pedestrian.
- Teach your kids to respect public and private property. Make sure they know to not walk through peoples’ yards, cut through dark alleys, vandalize property, take anything that isn’t theirs, or put themselves at risk being on someone’s property who doesn’t welcome trick or treaters. If there isn’t a porch light on, it isn’t a safe place to be.
- Watch out for dogs. If there is a dog out in someone’s yard, it’s a better idea to skip that yard than to risk getting bitten. Even if the dog looks friendly, there is a high likelihood that they may be friendly until you get too close.
What other tips would you offer to those venturing out this Halloween to prevent injuries to children? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think the important things are to remember this year! Wagner Reese wants to help keep you safe and prevent personal injuries or product liability injuries.
Give us a call if you have any questions, or if you need advice on an injury you have sustained. We are here to help you at (888) 204-8440.