Halloween is an amazing holiday. It gets people outside, even though the
weather in upstate New York can be unpleasant. Kids have a wonderful time,
and adults get to enjoy the festivities. The candy is good too.
Experienced Kingston, New York personal injury attorneys know that adults need to practice safety rules too. Adults will be on
the streets hand and hand with the trick or treators and many of the safety
rules that apply to children also apply to adults.
Let’s start with the costume because if you are like us, you wear
a costume too when strolling home to home with children on Halloween.
Make sure that the costume, or at least part of it, is sufficiently visible
after dark. If wearing a mask, ensure that your ability to breath and
or vision is not too limited. This applies to the ability to hear as well.
Remember, as an adult responsible for a child’s safety, you will
need to be the first person to perceive danger with these senses. You
need to be the one responsible for avoiding
personal injuries to all, including yourself.
Don’t leave your cell phone at home. Not only can you call emergency
services if you are injured, but it can also be used as a flash light.
Some apps will actually turn your smart phone camera flash into a flash light.
Plan ahead. Wear the proper footwear for the occasion with consideration
to the weather. You may be less likely to slip and fall if you wear the
proper shoes. Also, take charge of planning the trick or treating route
in advance. Kids are not too good at such things. They also do not always
know which neighborhoods are dangerous versus the ones that are not. Adults
also know which streets are typically less congested with traffic.
Never trust your safety with someone else. Remember that even though you take
good care of your property, many other homeowners do not. There could be many hazards on the property
you visit on Halloween. The danger is made worse by the fact that you
are most likely on a stranger’s property and are unfamiliar with
pedestrian safety just like you have taught your children. Look out for oncoming traffic.
Look twice before crossing the street and use a crosswalk if one is available.
If the neighborhood you are walking through has sidewalks, use them.
As the senior member of the trick or treating group, take charge of “policing”
adolescent behavior. If your kids are horse playing with toy weaponry,
have them stop. It keeps them safe and it will ensure that you are not
caught up in the fracas; remember, you could be hit too!
Learn more about Halloween safety for all in our article
available by clicking here. Halloween safety is most important for kids, so
click here to learn about how to keep children safe.
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