Halloween is only a few weeks away. You may have gotten your children’s costumes, stocked the pantry with candy and double checked the local trick or treating hours, but have you taken steps to reduce their risk for injury?
Unfortunately, getting injured during Halloween is common. The organization Safe Kids reports that there are twice as many children struck by cars while walking in the street on Halloween than any other day of the year.
You can reduce the risk of injury. Keep your little goblin safe with these relatively simple tips:
- Reflection and lights: Add some reflective tape to the back of that costume to increase your child’s visibility. It can also help to toss a light inside the child’s trick or treat bag. Not only will the illuminated bag help keep your child safe by further increasing visibility, but it will also look pretty cool.
- Supervision: Ideally, trick or treat with your child. Safe Kids also reports that 12 percent of children under the age of five are permitted to trick-or-treat alone. This is particularly concerning as children are unable to judge the speed of oncoming vehicles. Too old for supervision? A recent report by USA Today notes that parents can use apps on their smartphones to help track where their children are. Not only do these apps help monitor the location of your older child, but many also have a panic button that allows the child to quickly and easily contact parents in the event of an emergency.
- Follow the rules: It is tempting to let little ones run amok down the roads like the little ghouls they are pretending to be, but it is even more important to follow traffic rules. Drivers may be more distracted this time of year that on an average evening. Keep kids safe by making them stay on the sidewalks, cross at crosswalks and follow traffic signals.
If your child or loved one is injured this Halloween season and you believe the injury is the result of another’s negligence, contact an attorney. A personal injury lawyer can review the situation and build a case to better ensure your right to legal remedies is protected.