With October just around the corner and families starting to prepare for Halloween, the Personal Injury lawyers at Brady/Donahue want to ensure that your family has a fun and safe Halloween this year with some of the following tips.
Decorations bring risks…
Pumpkin carving can be a fun activity, but it can also be dangerous. Make sure to keep a close eye on children and knives to avoid any personal injuries or accidents.
Whether you’re placing candles around your house or in a pumpkin, an open flame can be dangerous. You can avoid the risk of an open flame by swapping out real candles for battery-operated ones.
With Vermont foliage often at its peak around Halloween, make sure to keep both the walkway up to your house and your yard clear and well-lit for trick-or-treaters.
With allergies and the risk of illegal tampering, homemade treats can be suspect. When preparing for trick-or-treaters make sure to only hand out store-bought treats.
Costumes deserve a bit of caution…
Make sure that costumes are flame resistant and properly fit your children.
If wearing a mask, ensure your child’s vision is not obstructed.
Props, such as swords or wands, can result in accidents. Check that your child’s props are not too long or too sharp to prevent accidents and personal injuries.
When Pre-teens and Teenagers Prefer to Trick or Treat on their own…
Make sure to have a specific route in place and a curfew for when they should return home.
Know who your children are in a group with and keep parental contact information for if needed.
Ensure your child has a cell phone with them to reach you in case of an emergency.
Check your children’s Halloween candy for any choking hazards, spoiled items, or illegal tampering.
Driving during Vermont’s Halloween festivities…
Keep an eye out for children, especially when driving.
Vermont roads can change quickly from rural to residential areas so watch carefully when entering a town or village.
Drive slower and stay alert.
Trick-or-treaters will usually be out when it is getting dark, so make sure to keep your headlights turned on to increase visibility of all pedestrians.
As children are full of excitement, they may be unpredictable. Avoid all distracted driving to reduce the risk of a car accident.
If you or a loved one faces a personal injury or car accident this Halloween, the Vermont Personal Injury lawyers at Brady/Donahue are here to help.
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