10 HELPFUL TIPS TO HAVING A SAFE HALLOWEEN!

  1. Adult Supervision. A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children during their neighborhood rounds. If your children are going alone on Halloween, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  2. Use a flashlight when trick-or-treating at night. Flashlights not only notify motorists and other drivers of your presence, they also illuminate the sidewalk and road, indicating any obstacles or hazards in the ground. The more light, the better to prevent any careless accidents from happening
  3. Travel in Groups. Because Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind kids to stay in groups and communicate where they will be going.
  4. Reflective Clothing. Plan costumes that are bright and reflective, make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping and entanglement. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  5. Keep Homes Kid-Proof. To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove anything a child could trip over from the porch and front yard, such as garden hoses, toys, bikes, and lawn decorations. Wet leaves should also be swept from sidewalks.
  6. Use Sidewalks. Make sure kids remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  7. Inspect the candy before it is eaten. Candy should be completely sealed before ingesting what is inside the wrapping. In addition, make sure the candy poses no choking hazards for your children.
  8. Do not drink and drive. Having a drink or two at a Halloween party and subsequently driving can pose major issues. Not only are you imposing a serious risk to others, but also to yourself as well.
  9. Only allow children to wear their masks when ringing the doorbell and receiving candy. When walking throughout the neighborhood, kids should remove their masks in order to clearly see their surroundings and prevent an accident from occurring.
  10. Do not leave an open flame near costumes. Most costumes are very flammable. Accidentally leaving a candle inside a jack-o-lantern that may come in contact with a costume could be very hazardous. As an alternative, use a battery-operated candle to get the same effect.
  11. Keep pets inside the house. A barking dog can startle young children when they come to the door for candy. In addition, a normally sweet pet may become agitated and nervous with all the commotion, so to ensure optimal safety, try and keep your pets securely inside.

At Meldon Law, we wish you and your family a very safe, fun, and happy Halloween! If you or someone you know gets hurt this Halloween, feel free to call us at (352) 373-8000.

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Jeffrey Meldon
Founder of the Meldon Law Firm