Posted on October 31, 2015 in Personal Injury
With Halloween soon approaching, the personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia at Edelstein Law, LLP want to take a minute to remind our readers of a few tips and tricks to keep their families and homes safe over the holiday.
Coupled with the Halloween holiday are many fun activities such as pumpkin carving, spooky decorations, dressing up in costumes, and eating copious amounts of Halloween candy. While these activities are fun for everyone, taking safety precautions can make the holiday even more enjoyable. Halloween should be a safe and spooky holiday, not one where an injury leaves you feeling scared.
Many Halloween decorations can be made of inexpensive and extremely flammable materials and fabrics. Be careful when investing in decorations such as scarecrows containing straw or artificially lit pumpkins. These types of decorations are susceptible to catching fire and possibly causing damage to your home or other nearby structures in addition to putting your family and visitors in danger. Consider making Halloween decorations yourself out of organic materials that are safer and make it a family activity!
Be sure to inspect your decorations before setting them up for the holiday. Take care to check all wires, plugs, batteries and lights, for any hazards before decorating your home. This preventative measure could mean the difference between an enjoyable holiday and damage to your home. Invest in surge protectors to plug in any and all decorations that require electrical power. They are great for keeping wires contained. Be sure to tape down and/or properly secure any and all wires that may be loose and could create a tripping hazard.
COSTUMES AND TRICK-OR-TREATING
Take care when choosing Halloween costumes and try to select costumes that are light colored, reflective, fall at a length above the ground, and have no hoods or other attachments which could obstruct eyesight. Dark colored costumes can make you or your children difficult for other pedestrians and for drivers to see. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for pedestrians. As with all holidays, there are often more impaired drivers on the road and it is important to make sure that you and your loved ones can be seen. Costumes with masks or hoods can impair your ability to see and that can include your ability to see oncoming traffic or tripping hazards. Long costumes, or costumes with capes also constitute a tripping hazard and can be dangerous on a holiday that typically includes a lot of walking during trick-or-treating.
Parents should remember to check their kids’ candy after a night of trick or treating. Any candy that looks unwrapped, discolored, tampered with, or outdated should be thrown out. One extra piece of candy is not worth the risk. Supervise children at all times and take special care to remind children to never go into a stranger’s home.
Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Edelstein Law wish everyone a very happy and safe Halloween! If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury or property damage as a result of a preventable accident, contact us at 215-893-9311 or 856-809-3150 or rel=”nofollow” >submit an online inquiry for a free and confidential consultation.