The big day (or night) is upon us.
As our young ones gear up for Halloween and their trick-or-treating adventures, we're asking parents and guardians to gear up for the risks associated with this spooky holiday. Did you know that your child is more likely to be injured or killed in a pedestrian accident on Halloween than during any other night out of the entire year?
Our L.A. injury lawyers and the City of Costa Mesa are here to offer you some safety tips to help to make sure that Halloween is a fun and safe holiday for the entire family.
Many Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if adults supervise children during their trick-or-treating activities. Review the tips below and talk with your little ghost or goblin about safety before hitting the neighborhood.
-Make sure that costumes, wigs and other accessories are made of flame-resistant materials. Check the label -- it'll tell you. Try not to use flimsy materials because they're more easily ignited by flames.
-Make sure that your little one's costume isn't too long. Keep hemlines short enough to prevent tripping. Avoid billowing skirts and baggy sleeves. Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries on Halloween.
-Make sure that costumes are bright and light-colored. Use reflective or fluorescent tape strips, which will "glow" in passing vehicle's headlights.
-Consider putting information (like name, phone number and address) inside of your child's Halloween costume.
Costume Accessory Safety:
-Make sure that swords and knives are made of soft and flexible materials. Don't allow your child to carry any sharp objects.
-Carry glow sticks or flashlights to make yourself more visible.
-Wear face paint instead of a mask. Masks will only obstruct your view and stop you from seeing any nearby dangers.
-Be sure that you test out any costume makeup before use. You want to make sure that you're not going to encounter any allergic reactions. Only use makeup that has been FDA approved.
-Walk, don't run.
-Stay off people's yards. Not only is it impolite, but you can also wind up injured. There are sprinklers, decorations, extension cords and more in front yards. It's a disaster waiting to happen.
-Cross streets only by using crosswalks or street corners.
-Make sure children stay away from any open flames.
-Never go into the home of someone who you do not know.
-Look left, right and left again for oncoming traffic before crossing the road.
-Children should travel together in small groups. Younger children should always be supervised by an adult.
-Choose an area that you are familiar with.
-Never approach homes that are not well-lit.
-Feed the family before heading out to lessen the temptation to snack on candy that has not been inspected.
-Parents are asked to review their child's candy before allowing them to dig in. Make sure that you toss out any open candy, any candy that appears to have been tampered with and any homemade treats.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact personal injury attorney Vincent Howard today. Call for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights. 1-800-872-5925.
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