Have a Happy – and Safe – Halloween, Raleigh Personal Injury Attorneys Say

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The personal injury lawyers of Raleigh’s Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law, have a list of 10 safety tips to help ensure this Halloween is a treat for the entire family.

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Halloween night is truly one of the best times of the year for families. But it’s also a night that carries a high risk for accidents and injuries, especially if basic safety measures aren’t taken regarding trick-or-treaters, pets and homes.

Parents and children plan for months on how to celebrate Halloween, from carving pumpkins to picking out candy to selecting the right costume.

Failing to make proper safety plans, however, could come back to haunt you, say the Raleigh personal injury attorneys of Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law.

“Halloween night is truly one of the best times of the year for families,” Raleigh personal injury lawyer Ken Hardison says. “But it’s also a night that carries a high risk for accidents and injuries, especially if basic safety measures aren’t taken regarding trick-or-treaters, pets and homes.”

To ensure this Halloween is a happy and safe one, the firm suggests following 10 tips:

1. Children – and in some cases, adults – should wear costumes that are fireproofed and allow the wearer to have good visibility, including peripheral vision.

2. Make sure that an adult accompanies children at all times when they go out trick-or-treating. If older children or teens are not accompanied by an adult, then the firm suggests giving them a fixed time when they must return and a cell phone to call home.

3. Only trick-or-treat at homes where you know the residents. Children should never go into the home of a stranger.

4. Tell children that they are not to eat any treats until they are taken home and properly examined by an adult. Never consume any candy in which the packaging is opened.

5. Trick-or-treaters and parents should carry a flashlight or glow stick, or they should wear a costume with reflective tape. This makes the wearer readily visible to cars, motorcycles, bicycles and other pedestrians.

6. Confine, leash or otherwise prepare all household pets for trick-or-treaters coming onto the property. The risk of dog bites can be extremely high when pets encounter strangers.

7. Keep all sidewalks, walkways, driveways and porches well lit and free of any obstacles and objects, or else conspicuously mark any known hazards on one’s property. This reduces the possibility of trick-or-treaters injuring themselves in a slip and fall.

8. Use battery-powered lights in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles so as to eliminate the possibility of fires or burn injuries. If candles are used, make sure to keep them away from areas where they could catch a child’s costume on fire.

9. All motorists should drive slowly through neighborhoods and be on extra alert for children at intersections and crosswalks.

10. Don’t drink and drive if you attend a Halloween party. Call a taxi, take public transportation, arrange for a designated sober driver or call a friend or family member to help you get safely home instead.

According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48 percent of all fatal car accidents and motorcycle accidents on Halloween in 2009 involved a motorist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

“We want everybody to have a fun Halloween,” says Ben Cochran, an experienced Raleigh personal injury attorney and managing partner of Hardison & Cochran. “By taking proper precautions, it can be an enjoyable night that creates memories that last a lifetime.”

About Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law

Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law, is a highly respected North Carolina personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law firm with offices in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Dunn, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington. The firm’s practice areas include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, dog bites, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, nursing home abuse and negligence and traffic violations. For more information, call the firm toll-free at (800) 434-8399 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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