Halloween is many children’s favorite holiday, offering the chance to scour the neighborhood and collect sweet treats from neighbors. However, children are at a higher risk of pedestrian accidents during Halloween than any other holiday. Other types of accidents, like trip and fall accidents or child burn injuries, are also more common. To help protect your kids from harm on October 31, consider the following safety tips:
- Put kids in light- or brightly-colored costumes. Adding reflective tape can help drivers see children if they are out after dark. Have each child carry or wear a flashlight, both so they can see and so others can see them.
- Make sure costume hems are short enough that kids don’t trip over them, and that their shoes are the right size.
- Adults should accompany children under age 12. For children of all ages, consider attaching a label with their name, address, and phone number inside the costume. It’s easier to get lost even in a familiar neighborhood after dark, and having this information can help a neighbor get a child home safely.
- For trick-or-treaters who come to your house, keep walkways and steps clear so they don’t trip. Choose treats that are large enough that they don’t pose a choking hazard.
Everyone who cares for a child wants to see that child have fun – not suffer injuries. If a child you care for is injured this Halloween, dedicated Kentucky child injury lawyer Tad Thomas to learn more about your child’s legal rights and options.