Yesterday, we looked at safety tips regarding the planning of your trick-or-treating route, and lighting candles and jack-o-lanterns during the Halloween season. Today, we will focus on the importance of visibility.
Running across the road to catch up with a friend can result in an accident causing severe injuries. This can be especially dangerous if you are wearing a dark costume, or wearing a mask that is blocking your vision. You may not notice an oncoming car, or oncoming traffic may not notice you in time to brake.
If you have been injured in a car accident, or a slip and fall while trick-or-treating, it’s important to consult a personal injury law firm. A lawyer will be able to assess your situation and identify what legal options you can pursue.
Make Sure You Can See, and Be Seen
According to Health Canada, there are different ways you can improve visibility when trick-or-treating. One tip is to attach reflective tape on as many surfaces as possible – on trick-or-treat bags and pillowcases, on costumes, and on accessories such as witches’ brooms. If that isn’t an option, choose a bright-coloured costume to help you stand out in the evening.
Vision can be obscured depending on the type of mask you or your child wears. Masks can prevent you from seeing obstacles in your path, and may cause you to trip as you move along. A helpful tip is to substitute a mask with face paint. If that is not possible, make sure the chosen mask allows you or your child to see and breathe without any difficulty.
Visibility Around The House
Because neighbourhoods get a lot more foot traffic than usual on Halloween night, try to remove any potential dangers from your yard, such as wet leaves, that children or adults may slip on. Keep your outdoor lights on to let you and others see your surroundings. This also lets trick-or-treaters know you’re ready with treats.
There are many safety precautions to take note of regarding Halloween costumes, candy, trick-or-treating and weather. Make sure you discuss how you and your child can stay safe and enjoy a fun-filled Hallowe’en.