It is critical that parents exercise extreme vigilance on Halloween night. You can’t be too careful.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
Halloween is a much anticipated and fun holiday for children and adults alike. However, the holiday does bring with it a fair number of dangers that everyone should be aware of. Traffic hazards, slip-trip-and-fall dangers on property and the hazards posed by defective costumes or toys are the most common causes of injuries on Halloween Day.
According to an Oct. 17 report on Fox News, in four out of six years between 2006 and 2010, more pedestrians under the age of 21 were killed by cars on Oct. 31 than on Oct. 30 or Nov. 1. The report states that a number of pedestrians on Halloween are hit while crossing streets or walking along roadways.
New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm says there are many steps all of us can take in order to reduce these entirely preventable injuries. "It is critical that parents exercise extreme vigilance on Halloween night. You can’t be too careful. Do not let your children walk alone. Walk in groups and make sure you carry a flashlight. Children should have reflective tape on their costumes and their treat bags, which enhances visibility."
Pedestrian safety is critical. It is important that pedestrians only walk in marked crosswalks and never against the light, says Wilhelm. "Plan your route so that you are walking on brightly lit streets. Trick-or-treat only in neighborhoods with which you are familiar. Children should not approach any vehicle by themselves even if it appears unoccupied."
Motorists should drive slowly around residential areas and watch out for pedestrians who cross against the light or dart out from between parked cars, Wilhelm says. "In addition, homeowners should make sure that their houses are well-lit and in good repair. Porches and walkways should be clear of candles and other debris. If there are stairs leading up to your door, you should ensure that they are visible and not broken or slippery."
Regarding safety issues with Halloween costumes and masks, Wilhelm says they must be made with flame resistant material and clearly marked as such. "Always check and see if your child is able to see and breathe comfortably when he or she has a facial mask on."
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