Halloween offers a chance for both children and adults alike to dress up in elaborate costumes and to overindulge in their favorite treats. Throughout Portland, theaters, bars, and nightclubs are hosting parties for those over 21, while neighborhood, churches, and community centers will be holding events to entertain the younger crowd. While you will want to take advantage of these festivities, it is also important to be aware of the potential for personal injuries. The following offers ten tips to help keep you, your children, and others you encounter safe.
Use caution when driving on Halloween.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), Halloween ranks second only to the Fourth of July when it comes to car accidents and injuries. When heading out, go slower than usual and allow plenty of time to reach your destination, while giving the road your full attention.
Teach children about pedestrian dangers.
The NSC reports that children are more than twice as likely to be struck by a car on Halloween night than at any other time of the year. Remind them to stay on sidewalks and to use designated crosswalks, looking both ways before stepping into the street.
Use care in selecting costumes.
Make sure costumes fit properly, with no hanging parts that could present a trip hazard. Avoid masks, which can obscure vision, and do an allergy test before applying makeup.
Warn children about ‘stranger danger’.
Remind young trick-or-treaters to use caution when approaching adults in costume and to not accept rides or enter anyone’s home.
Supervise your child’s candy consumption.
While tainted candy is always a concern, be aware that there are many sweet treats that can present choke hazards or damage teeth.
Remove trip hazards on your property.
Make sure that all sidewalks, steps, or other walkways are well lit, and remove any obstacles that could create a hazard.
Put safety first when carving jack-o-lanterns.
There are plenty of tool kits specifically for carving pumpkins on Halloween, which should only be used by older teens or adults. Have younger children draw or paint designs on.
Be aware of potential fire hazards.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns to be extra cautious when using candles or firepits. Warn children to stay a safe distance away and make sure their costumes are flame retardant.
Limit the amount of alcohol at Halloween parties.
When hosting adult parties, make sure to offer plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks. Stop serving a good hour or more before the party ends.
Take a cab or Uber home.
If you are at a party and overindulge, take a cab or Uber home rather than getting behind the wheel.
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At the Johnston Law Firm, protecting you and your loved ones is one of our top priorities. When accidents do occur, reach out and contact our Portland personal injury attorneys to see how we can help. Call (503) 546-3167.