Halloween has changed significantly since I was a child. It used to be
that trick or treating happened in neighborhoods, but now children also
go to stores, shopping malls, and universities to trick or treat. The
addition of these trick or treating locations has made it safer for children.
experienced Kingston personal injury attorneys know that danger still exists. Of course no one can ever be completely
safe, and Halloween festivities carry specific risks. Any time we enter
upon the property of another person, we place our safety in their hands.
All people, adults and children alike, will encounter dangers on Halloween.
Therefore, children should practice safety techniques, so too should adults.
Some safety techniques should be practiced by everyone, while other types
of safety are unique to the individual.
Safety for Children:
It can never be said enough; children should never talk to strangers, never
get into a stranger’s car, and never go into a stranger’s
house. They should make sure to stay with mom and or dad while going from
house to house.
Older children who are not trick or treating with adults present should
also mind the rules about strangers. No matter the child’s age,
and whether with or without parents, basic roadway safety should be minded;
walk on the proper side of the street, look both ways before walking to
the other side of a road, do not run out into traffic, and wear reflective
clothing or carry a flashlight. All of this is to avoid
serious personal injury.
Make sure to carry a cell phone as well. While such will not necessarily
keep you safe, you will nonetheless be able to call for help if needed.
Also consider knowing the neighborhood in which you trick or treat; parents
could also be mindful of potential “safe houses” where family
and friends live.
Safety for Adults:
Parents too must actively practice safety techniques. First this is because
they too will be walking from house to house. Often time’s parents
spend so much time focusing on the children, they forget about themselves.
As experienced Kingston personal injury attorneys, we remind parents to
care about themselves as much as they care about their kids. Parents too
should take the time to wear reflective clothing and to carry their own
to avoid injuries.
Adults who are staying home while the kids are out should be careful to
not let trick or treaters into the house. Remember, some of these trick
or treaters are teenagers and many will be masked. Some can be adults
in disguise. Letting strangers inside the house can be inviting danger.
Make sure to know where your children will be and with whom. Know the contact
information for all adults minding your children while trick or treating.
Slip and Fall Accidents:
Many things can go wrong on Halloween and people can be hurt in many different
ways. Unfortunately, most if not all people only think about stranger
danger, vandalism, and or hooliganism as being sources of danger.
Of course those dangers are very real, but our experienced attorneys also
know that people frequently
slip and fall while trick or treating. These accidents can happen on public property
and on private property. The danger is even greater on Halloween because
of darkness and decorations.
If you or your child has been injured in a
slip and fall accident, you should know that property owners are obligated to cure and or warn
visitors about hazards on the property.
Other Halloween Injuries:
Costumes can often be dangerous. They can obstruct vision and breathing.
Additionally, it is typically
dark before trick or treaters head out, so it is harder to see and be seen. Leaves cover the ground and such
makes it harder to see trip hazards and other ground impairments. Remember
that leaves are also very slippery when wet. Also, vehicle drivers don’t
always keep a good look out and they can be held liable for negligently
injuring trick or treaters.