It’s almost time for little witches, goblins and ghouls to take to the streets, and ask us for a trick or a treat. While many children are anticipating what they want to dress up as this year, they may not be thinking of the safety concerns that are present every October 31st.
In our 2-part series on Halloween safety tips, we’ll look at some of the best practices for parents to consider when choosing costumes and décor, and the road safety concerns to keep in mind as they head out trick-or-treating.
Avoid Open Flames
Halloween usually brings out different types of candles – from spooky lanterns to terrifying jack-o-lanterns. According to Health Canada, flowy capes, dresses, wigs, beards and wings can easily come into contact with an open flame. Buying a flame-resistant costume can be helpful — but remember that resistant does not mean fire-proof. A helpful tip is to use battery operated candles and lights for a safer Hallowe’en experience.
Plan Your Trick-Or-Treat Route With Your Children
Especially if your children are going out alone, it’s important that both of you discuss road safety and how to avoid accidents while trick-or-treating. Highlight and emphasize dangers such as hidden intersections, high traffic areas like main streets, and the importance of obeying traffic signals and signs. A good strategy is to teach children to focus on one side of the street first, then cross over at an appropriate intersection to the other side – not back and forth.
If you, or someone you know, suffers an injury while trick-or-treating, consult a personal injury lawyer. He or she will be able to identify the type of accident benefits you can pursue if you get into an accident on Hallowe’en.