Halloween is a fun time for our young ones to dress up as spooky ghosts and goblins, but only by practicing a few safe Halloween tips can we avoid a serious accident on All Hallow's Eve. During Halloween, your child's risks for an pedestrian accident in New York skyrocket. As a matter of fact, your child is most likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident on October 31st than during any other night of the year.
Our New York injury attorneys and the New York State Police Department are here to offer safety tips to parents to help keep their young ones safe. Parents are urged to discuss these safety tips before heading out the door for trick-or-treating adventures this year.
Halloween Safety Tips:
-Never allow young children to go trick-or-treating alone. Children should always be accompanied by an adult.
-Make sure children are accompanied at the door of every house they trick-or-treat at.
-Children should only use homes driveways and sidewalks. Never cut across someone's yard.
-Parents should be familiar with the places that they're taking children trick-or treating.
-Children should be warned to never go inside anyone's house without parental consent.
-Children should not approach the vehicle of anyone they don't know.
-Costumes should have reflective tape adhered to them to make them more visible to passing motorists. Consider giving your child a flashlight, too!
-Children should consider using face paint instead of wearing masks. Masks can obstruct a trick-or-treater's line of vision.
-Make sure that all costumes are marked as flame resistant or flame retardant.
-Trick-or-treaters should never approach a house that is not well-lit. Only trick-or-treat at homes that have a porch light or an "outside" light on.
-Do not hesitate to report any suspicious activity.
-Teach children to scream if anyone tries to grab them or is forceful with them in any way.
-Be sure to look over children's goody bags before over the candy to them. Dispose of open candy or candy that appears to have been tampered with. Only factory-wrapped candy should be consumed.
-Consider throwing a small party for your children and their friends at your home as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating.
-Make sure children have comfortable shoes on.
-Keep jack-o-lanterns away from children and never leave them lit and unattended.
Halloween is a fun time of the year for all ages, but it can quickly turn deadly. Motorists are also asked to be cautious on our roadways during this time of the year. Be extremely cautious when driving through residential neighborhoods. As the nighttime approaches, young ghosts and goblins will be flocking the streets in search of sugary goodies. Avoid a potentially fatal accident and be on the lookout for these goblins. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
If you or your child has been injured, contact the child injury lawyers at Ronai & Ronai, LLP for a free appointment to discuss your claim. Call 1-800-664-7111 to speak with an attorney today.
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Pedestrian Accidents in New York City Account for more than 50 Percent of all Fatal Traffic Accidents, New York Injury Lawyer Blawg, September 21, 2011
Back to School Safety Awareness Can Reduce Child Injuries in New York City School Zones, New York Injury Lawyer Blawg, September 14, 2011