As costume choices are finalized and pumpkins are readied for carving, Halloween is very much on the minds of children and adults alike. New Jersey personal injury lawyers say; however, that the holiday poses unique safety hazards. Before heading out to trick-or-treat this Halloween, parents should take measures to keep their kids safe.
Walking along a roadway at night is always dangerous, but when children are excitedly hurrying from house to house in search of candy, they may not use their best judgment. Urge children to take the time to look left-right-left before crossing a street, and remind children to always cross at an intersection or crosswalk to avoid the risk of a pedestrian accident. Parents and their children should also carry a flashlight and wear reflective gear. If a child happens to dart into oncoming traffic, it is important that they remain visible to a passing motorist to prevent a tragic car accident.
When helping a child select a costume, parents should exert considerable control. Yard decorations and other unseen obstructions – obscured by the dark – can present a tripping danger to young children. Moreover, the risk of a trip and fall accident only increases when a child’s vision has been compromised by a mask. Instead, encourage children to dress up with face paint and to choose a costume that fits properly. Upon returning home at the end of the evening, parents should also closely review all candy and other goods, removing anything that poses a choking hazard or appears suspicious.
Homeowners who receive trick-or-treaters have a duty to exercise reasonable care in order to ensure that all visitors to their home are safe. Use battery-operated candles in jack-o-lanterns to reduce the risk of an accidental fire, and make sure all walkways and sidewalks are properly illuminated. If a pet lives at the property, keep them indoors where they cannot interact with children.
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For most children, Halloween is one of the most eagerly anticipated nights of the year. To ensure that a good time is had by all this Halloween, parents and homeowners can take simple, common sense steps that will keep kids safe. If you or a loved one has been injured while trick-or-treating due to another’s negligence, contact New Jersey personal injury lawyers of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy. We represent accident victims throughout the surrounding areas at our offices in Red Bank, Edison and Toms River, New Jersey. Contact us online or call 732-777-0100 to schedule a free consultation today.
As costume choices are finalized and pumpkins are readied for carving, Halloween is very much on the minds of children and adults alike.