The Halloween season is upon us, a time when kids and adults alike can
dress up and party the night away. As fun as this holiday can be, it also
has a potential for injury. A city full of people dressed in disguises
at night can lead to some dangerous situations. Thankfully, there are
many things you can do to keep yourself and young trick-or-treaters safe
sitting out on this lively holiday.
personal injury attorneys in New York City, our team at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP has had many clients
who were victims of injury on Halloween night. We know some of the most
common causes of accidents and we have learned more than a few things
you can do to prevent them.
Tips for Having a Safe Halloween Night
Children should always be accompanied by an adult – This likely goes without saying. You or a responsible adult should keep
an eye on your kids for as long as they are out trick-or-treating. Children
are twice as likely to get hit by a car on Halloween. You can help prevent
this by remaining close to your child throughout the night.
Wear costumes that stand out – Black is a fashionable color on Halloween night, but if you are planning
on staying out after the sun goes down, you may want to consider a more
colorful costume; flashers and glow sticks can help you remain more noticeable
Make sure your or your child’s costume is flame retardant – This is particularly important if the costume includes an accessory such
as wings or horns that you can easily forget are there. Always be vigilant
when standing next to a campfire, stove, etc.
Do not wear color-changing contacts – Buying “costume contacts” is never a good idea. These products
are not given the same safety scrutiny as contacts prescribed by physicians.
If you really want color changing contacts, consult with an eye doctor
about brands that would be safe.
Remove hazards from the front yard – Tree roots, toys, and yard equipment can be difficult to spot when the
sun goes down. Make sure any area of your property that is open to visitors
is free of hazards, otherwise you could end up with a premises liability
lawsuit. Keeping the pathway to your door well-lit is a good idea.
Keep your pets in a confined area – If you think your pet wouldn’t hurt a fly, you’re probably
not wrong, but it’s better not to take chances. Halloween exposes
your pet to a lot of new stimuli. They may act in ways you don’t
expect and bite one of your trick-or-treaters.
Do not trespass – It may be tempting to cut across an alleyway or backyard to save some time
while trick-or-treating, but you’re putting your entire group at
risk when doing so. Property owners are not obligated to keep private
areas safe. If you or your child is injured while trespassing, it is unlikely
you could pursue a premises liability case to recover damages.
Vigilance goes a long way in ensuring you and your family have a fun and
safe Halloween. The majority of Halloween accidents happen after dark,
so if you are really concerned about your safety, consider calling it
a night once the sun sets.
If you or a loved one is injured on Halloween night, our New York City
personal injury attorneys at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP
can help. Call us at (646) 461-4009, or
contact us online to request a free case evaluation.