When else can you dress up as your favorite superhero or supernatural being, visit your neighbors, and receive candy? No wonder Halloween is one of the most fun holidays for children (and many adults).
But as a South Carolina child injury lawyer, I’m aware that in addition to the costumes and candy, Halloween comes with potential dangers for our children. For instance, the number of child pedestrians hit by cars on October 31 is more than double that for any other day of the year.
Luckily, there are precautions that parents can take to lessen these dangers. Here are some tips, adapted from Safe Kids USA’s Halloween Safety guide, for keeping Halloween safe and fun for your little ones.
- Have children under the age of 12 trick-or-treat with an adult. Halloween is a great chance to bond with your children, and trick-or-treating with them also allows you to make sure they stay safe. A taller adult crossing the road, for example, is easier for passing cars to spot than a group of kindergarteners.
- Be as visible as possible. Safe Kids recommends staying in well-lit areas and carrying a flashlight or glow stick. Besides lighting your child’s way, these will keep them visible to drivers and other trick-or-treaters. You can also increase your child’s visibility by choosing a light-colored costume or decorating it with retro-reflective tape or stickers.
- Be safe on the streets. Walk on sidewalks or paths or, if there are none, to the far left of the street facing traffic. Cross the street at corners, especially intersections with traffic lights and crosswalks.
As you can see, keeping safe on Halloween should be simple. Safety doesn’t have to take away from the fun and excitement. If you have any questions regarding Halloween safety or South Carolina child injury law, please contact me today.