Parents' Guide to a Memorable and Safe Halloween
Dale E. Anstine Personal Injury Law Firm Offers Tips for Avoiding Mishaps this Halloween
YORK, Pa. - As Halloween approaches, kids everywhere are getting ready for a holiday centered around candy and costumes. Trick-or-treating is a tradition many families look forward to, but the personal
injury attorneys at Dale E. Anstine know that this holiday also comes with risks for accidents and injuries.
"This holiday, unfortunately, leads to many accidents that result in an unhappy ending to a highly-anticipated night," said David Pollick, personal injury attorney and managing partner at Dale E. Anstine.
"Injuries resulting from car accidents, pedestrian collisions, falls and poison incidents are all a concern during this time of year. We encourage all families to consider these key Halloween tips to help ensure a safe and happy night."
Be an alert pedestrian.
On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. To avoid this:
- Take a safe walking route that relies on sidewalks and limits crossing the street.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk against traffic.
- When crossing the street, only cross at corners and not in between parked cars.
Remember, Halloween is also a night for party goers who may put pedestrians and other drives at risk while driving under the influence. Be sure to educate your children on the importance of paying attention and staying on the sidewalk while walking from house to house. And if you are hitting the roads this Halloween, give yourself plenty of time to carefully drive to your destination - alert and sober.
Think safety when planning your children's costumes.Kids love Halloween because they get to dress up as their favorite superheroes, princesses or TV show characters. These costumes, however, can sometimes create hazards. Don't let the fun end due to a costume mishap by following these tips:
- Have your child try on his or her costume before Halloween to check the length. Costumes that are too long may make it difficult for your child to safely walk while trick-or-treating.
- If your child's costume involves a mask, make sure his or her view is not obstructed.
- Add flashlights, glow sticks, and reflective tape to costumes and candy buckets to make them more visible to motorists.
- If your child is using face paint, ensure that it is non-toxic.
Plan your night.
Consider a family planning night a few days prior to Halloween to review safety rules with your children before the excitement of the night begins. Take a test walk on your designated trick-or-treating route (staying in neighborhoods with which your children are familiar). During your family plan session, you can also explain the importance of only trick-or-treating at well-lit houses and being cautious to never enter a stranger's home or garage.
Family planning night is also a good time to decide the family preference on when children are old enough to trick-or-treat without a parent. Those given permission to trick-or-treat without a parent should be reminded of the following key safety tips:
- Get a group together and stay with group at all times.
- Be home by the designated time.
- Use cell phones to check in.
Do a candy check.
Unfortunately, poisonous and harmful candy is a risk this time of year. Remind children not to eat any candy until it has been inspected.
What to look for?
- An unusual appearance or discoloration
- Tiny holes or tears in wrappers
- Spoiled or unwrapped items
- Homemade goods (unless you know the person)
When in doubt, throw it out. If you have questions about possible harmful candy, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
"With a family meeting and preparation, this can be a fun and exciting night for families," added Pollick.
"We wish a safe holiday to all of our community members."
About Dale E. Anstin
For more than 40 years, the personal injury attorneys of Dale E. Anstine have been focused on protecting the rights of the injured in Central Pennsylvania. Serving the greater York, Gettysburg and Hanover areas, the firm specializes in all aspects of personal injury including: car, truck, motorcycle and other motor vehicle accidents; dangerous and defective products; dog bites; insurance bad faith; nursing home abuse and neglect; slip and fall injuries; social security disability; workers' compensation; wrongful death; and workplace/industrial and construction accidents. For more information on Dale E. Anstine, visit his website or view his Facebook page.
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