It is a great time of year to be a kid! Halloween is probably a favorite
holiday for most children, second only to Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa.
It is not just fun because of the candy. Dressing up is fun too, and overall,
Halloween is a social celebration that brings neighborhoods together.
But of course, as
experienced Newburgh personal injury attorneys, we must remind children to be smart and safe while partaking in this
Much of our advice is common sense, and you may have heard it before; i.e.
only eat factory wrapped, unopened candy. Nonetheless, it is important
to hear them again.
Basic Roadway Safety:
As you always do, look out for cars and other vehicles to avoid
motor vehicle accidents. Do not abruptly run out into the road. Use sidewalks when available and
cross the street within a crosswalk if there is one. Wear brighter clothing.
If your costume is dark, consider putting some reflective tape on it so
that you can be seen in the dark.
You are supposed to have fun on Halloween, but do not get caught up in
the moment and forget these basic techniques. Remember, getting hurt is
never fun, so you might as well be safe.
If you are a teen and driving, mind the rules of the road and remember
that more pedestrians will be out.
Parents, teachers, and many other adults often teach children to stay away
from strangers. So the Halloween holiday can seem confusing; these same
adults are saying it is fine to knock on a stranger’s door.
Trick or treating is part of Halloween fun and it can be done safely. When
approaching a home, make sure that there is a light on and that you can
see well. Keep your parents in sight. If your parents are not present,
make sure that you have a friend with you. People are always safer while
traveling as part of a group.
Also, never go inside of the home at which you are trick or treating. It
is normal for people to hand out candy at the door; it is never normal
for a homeowner to ask children to come inside for the candy. If you are
asked to go inside of a stranger’s home, leave the property right away.
Violence and Vandalism:
Sometimes costumes come with fake swords, sticks, guns, knives, etc. Remember
that they are just for show and should not be wielded at anyone. Even
soft, flexible costume weaponry can cause injury to eyes and bruising. Other
personal injuries could occur if a toy is not used as intended and breaks or shatters.
Sometimes groups of people travel together and vandalize property. First,
never do this, and second, if you see a large group like that, stay away.
Learn more about Halloween safety for all in our article
available by clicking here.
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injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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