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CPSC Encourages Consumers to Take Halloween Safety Precautions

Published on Oct 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm in Personal Injury.

Protecting their little ghosts and goblins is the top priority for many parents during the Halloween season. Although Halloween is fun for kids and adults alike, it can come with several safety hazards. Taking basic safety precautions when choosing your costume and decorating your home can help prevent accidents. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends the following when preparing for your Halloween activities.

Picking a Costume

One of the major hazards associated with Halloween costumes is the risk of burn injuries if a costume catches the flame of a jack o’lantern or candle. The CPSC recommends choosing flame-retardant costumes or using synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester if you make your own outfit. Avoid picking a costume with very long sleeves, as the sleeves can get caught in flames. Trip and fall accidents are also a potential hazard on this holiday. Instruct your children to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, and ensure that their costumes do not drag on the ground. This will reduce the risk of accidents.

Decorating Your Home

The novelty lights and other decorative items used to create the right Halloween ambiance can be hazardous if not used properly. If you purchase decorative lights, check each strand before using them. Discard the lights if you notice any defects like broken sockets or frayed wires. Keep walkways clear of decorations, as they can pose a fall hazard for anyone who visits your home on Halloween.

Louisville attorney Tad Thomas is a former assistant deputy attorney general in the state of Kentucky. After spending several years litigating cases against petroleum, insurance, and pharmaceutical companies, Attorney Thomas returned to private practice to focus on representing those who have been injured due to the negligence of others.

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