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Halloween Safety Tips

Oct 17, 2011 - Premises Liability by

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for any child. Dressing up in a carefully selected costume might be fun for kids, but, we all know that what they really look forward to is a bag of candy that is overflowing by the end of the night. So, before the streets are overrun with goblins, ghosts and princesses, here are a few tips to help make your Halloween safe.

Before you leave the house, make sure that your child is able to walk safely in his or her costume. When it is time to go trick-or-treating, try to find a parent or other responsible adult who can act as a chaperone. If your town has trick-or-treating hours at night, be sure to add reflective tape to costumes and bring a flashlight along with you.

If you need to drive, pay close attention when driving through neighborhoods when children are present. With so many people outside, it can be difficult to see everyone, especially at night. Younger children may not know where to cross the street safely, and could enter traffic with little to no warning. Plan ahead, and know that it may take you extra time to get around town.

If you will be the one handing out candy, take a few moments to check your property for any issues that could be potentially cause a child to become injured. Make sure that any areas where children will be walking are free from any objects that may cause falls or fires. Turn on outdoor lights so that children know where they are supposed to go. Any animals should also be kept on a leash or in a part of the house where children will not be present.

Hopefully, the costumes will be the only thing scary this Halloween season.