Staying Safe on Halloween

For most children, Halloween is one of their favorite times of the year. They get to dress up as superheroes, grab their pillow cases and walk around the neighborhood to gather more sugary sweets than they could have ever imagined (since last year on Halloween). But what can you do to protect those memories? How can you make sure to keep your children safe on Halloween?

Here are some safety tips to help ensure you and your children enjoy Halloween night without any real scares:

1. Go with your child.

This is a great night for helicopter parents. There is absolutely no shame in going with your child. If they’re really too old to have a parent with them, they might be too old to trick-or-treat.

2. Take a flashlight with you.

A flashlight can help avoid serious slip and fall accidents. But the dark night and limited street lights can also make it difficult for cars to see you and your children walking down and crossing the street. Using a flashlight makes the street safer for you and the cars.

3. Make sure your child’s costumes don’t hinder their ability to see.

If your child has a hard time seeing in his or her costume, then pick another one. The last thing you want your child to do is miss the sidewalk step and fall, or accidentally walk onto the street when a car is driving by.

4. Make sure your child’s costume is visible.

Your child may like to wear a dark costume, but it’s in everyone’s best interest that he or she wear something very light that perhaps even glows in the dark. That way, you can ensure you won’t lose your child or that cars driving down the street can see your child with ease.

5. Check your child’s candy.

Make sure none of the candy your child received was opened or tampered with, and if it was then don’t hesitate to trash it. It’s sad that our world is at the point where we have to do this, but that’s where we are.

6. Don’t pet or play with a dog unless you have permission from its owner.

Unfortunately as a dog bite attorney, I can attest this is a problem. A lot of dog owners like to take their pets trick-or-treating with them. A good dog owner should know not to take them if the dog poses a threat to the public. But not everyone is a good dog owner. That’s why you shouldn’t pet or play with a dog unless the dog owner gives you permission.

Help if a Halloween Accident Does Occur

I sure hope it doesn’t happen, but sometimes people get injured on Halloween night due to the negligence of someone else:

  • car accidents
  • dog attacks
  • someone else’s property being dangerous, etc.

When that happens, you need to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.  Call (901) 327-1212 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney or fill out one of the contact forms on this page.

Have a safe Halloween, and if you have any candy left over, you know where to find me.