Halloween is just around the corner! Arguably one of the most entertaining days of the year, this holiday is a great opportunity for you to make plenty of wonderful memories with your family and friends. However, this special time can quickly turn into a nightmare if you do not take the proper safety precautions. No parent thinks that their child could be hurt on Halloween but accidents happen, which impacts thousands of families, just like yours, each and every year.
At Heuser & Heuser, your Pueblo personal injury attorney, we want you to have a fun and safe Halloween with your children, family and friends. If you do find yourself needing representation or legal counsel after a personal injury, we are here to help you. Keep your kids safe this Halloween with these great tips.
Check Candy Before Eating
This is a rare day out of the year where children run around collecting as much candy as they can get without reservation. Unfortunately, there are bad people in the world who want to ruin trick-or-treating and Halloween fun for everyone. Each year, parents hear horror stories of finding needles in wrappers and worse. Children can be seriously hurt and emotionally traumatized after being harmed in this way.
Have a talk with your children before heading out for the evening and tell them the dangers of eating their candy before you inspect each piece. When you return home, thoroughly inspect the candy your children collected to ensure that packages have not been opened or tampered with. If you’re unsure about a piece of candy, just throw it away.
Have a Meeting Spot
Most older kids do not want their parents following them around the neighborhood as they trick-or-treat, but you do not want them running about with no direction either. Plan the evening so that you know exactly what routes your children will be taking and have clear times to meet up in designated areas. If you will not be in your own neighborhood, be sure that you are in an area that both you and your children know well.
Stay Safe Crossing the Street
One of the biggest dangers to children on Halloween is being struck by a car. It is important to set strict guidelines for your kids to follow on Halloween night in regards to crossing the street. Do not let them cross on their own and always cross at a stop sign or other designated pedestrian crossing point.
Before crossing, be sure that you have made eye contact with any oncoming drivers so that you can be sure they have seen you. It’s also a good idea to make sure every member of your group has on a piece of reflective clothing too, so that they can be seen in the dark.
Keep Up with Costume Safety
Believe it or not, costumes can be a big danger to kids on Halloween. Always make sure that your child’s costume fits properly, without any loose pieces that they might trip over as they run from door to door. Never use sharp objects as props, follow the directions on novelty makeup carefully and avoid using potentially harmful accessories such as glow sticks and bubble lights.
Finding a Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney
At Heuser & Heuser, we want everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween. If you need a Pueblo personal injury attorney, we are here to help. For more information, visit our areas of practice page or contact a representative with our firm today.