All Hallows' Eve is almost here and George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers wants to wish everyone a safe and spooky Halloween! As committed South Carolina personal injury attorneys, we want to stress the importance of making safety a priority for you and your children!
Halloween is a holiday with many potential dangers. Being of aware of these dangers can help you stay safe. Below is a list of some of the most common Halloween-related injuries and accidents, as well as helpful tips on how to avoid them.
- Traffic Accidents – Streets are filled with children on Halloween, including many kids who may dart unexpectedly into harm's way. Parents should make sure to talk to their children about staying on sidewalks, using designated crosswalks, and checking twice for traffic. To help improve visibility at night, carry a flashlight, wear bright clothing, or use reflective tape. Drivers should also use extra caution when driving on Halloween night.
- Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents – Trip and fall accidents are very common on Halloween, especially around uneven sidewalks, porches, yards, and other hazardous areas. Make sure children watch where they walk, or watch for them if you must. Using flashlights to light the way is a smart idea. Property owners can also help out by fixing possible tripping hazards or posting signs if there are hazards that may potentially cause harm to trick-or-treaters.
- Burn Injuries – Lit candles and jack-o-lanterns can be a hazard for people of all ages. Make sure children are well-supervised around candles, flames, and other fire hazards. Also make sure that costumes are flame resistant or that you watch for costumes' stray ends when near flames.
- Drunk Driving Accidents – Many adults like to dress up and have some Halloween fun of their own. If you plan on partying during Halloween, please be sure to drink responsibly, designate a sober driver, or find a ride. Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, show that more than 41 million trick-or-treaters between ages 5 and 14 hit the streets on Halloween. Do your part to keep them safe by staying away from the wheel after you drink.
Knowing these dangers, how to prevent them, and how to react if an accident or injury does happen can go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones safe this Halloween. From everyone at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we wish you a Happy Halloween!