As the cool fall weather sets in and October is coming to a close, families in New York and elsewhere are busying themselves in preparation for the Halloween festivities. This means pumpkin carving gatherings, costume parties, spooky house decorations, and, of course, trick-or-treating for the kids. With so much to do, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the season; however, it is important to keep in mind the dangers present in various Halloween activities so you can prevent injury to your children and to others.
If your kids plan to go trick-or-treating at night, make sure to get them costumes that are bright and reflective. Avoid any costumes with excessive length as this may pose a tripping hazard. Also avoid any costumes that are made of flammable material. If your child’s costume is accompanied by an accessory, make sure it is safe and remains so in the event your child stumbles or trips.
If your children are especially young, keep the carving knife out of their hands. However, you can have them participate by giving them markers to draw faces on the pumpkins, which you can then cut out. To avoid a fire hazard, consider using electronic light sources rather than candles.
Receiving Trick-or-Treaters at Home
Clear the path to your home of any potential trip or slip hazards, such as toys, decorations, wet leaves, and snow. Also, make sure the path is well lit. If you have any pets, keep them cordoned off or restrained.
If your children are at a very young age, accompany them as they make the rounds. If they are old enough to go trick-or-treating alone, discuss rules and restrictions in regards to the route they take and the time they should come back home. Review pedestrian safety guidelines with them. Tell them to stick to well-lit streets and homes. Give them a cell phone and an emergency plan in case things take a turn for the worse.
A Compassionate and Caring Attorney
If your child has suffered an injury in an accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, you may be entitled to compensation that will cover the costs of medical care, and more. The New York child injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP know it’s difficult to see your little ones suffer. We will do all we can to ensure your child receives all he or she needs for a full recovery. Call us today at (212) 986-7353 to schedule a free consultation.