Halloween is normally a very enjoyable time for children. From dressing up in fun costumes, to attending parties, to going trick-or-treating, this is usually a fun time for the kids and parents.
For all joy that Halloween entails, it is still important to remember that there are many dangers during this spooky holiday that can lead to injuries.
Car Accidents Kill During Halloween Every Year
Of all the possible dangers, car accidents are the most common and deadly. Safe Kids USA reported recently that children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a motor vehicle on Halloween night as any other time of the year. From 1990-2010, 115 child pedestrians died on Halloween, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. Most of those fatal accidents happened outside of an intersection or crosswalk.
Serious Halloween car accidents happen most frequently from 4-10 p.m., according to Rebecca Parker, MD, chairwoman of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ board of directors. It is particularly common for accidents to happen when the sun sets; drivers have trouble seeing the road in front of them.
How to Keep Safe on the Roads This Halloween
As you go about enjoying the holiday with your children, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assembled a list of helpful tips to ensure your Halloween is a safe one on the streets in your area:
- Put reflective tape on all bags and costumes to ensure that drivers can see you and your children.
- Have a flashlight lit while trick-or-treating to ensure that you can see and be seen by drivers and others.
- Look both directions before going across the street. Use crosswalks if they are available.
- Walk only on sidewalks as much as possible. Or, walk on the far edge of the street against traffic.
Other Tips for a Safe Halloween
There are other dangers lurking on Halloween, as well. Follow these easy CDC tips to stay safe:
- Reduce your risk for eye injuries by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
- Wear masks, costumes and shoes that fit well to avoid poor vision and falls.
- Eat only candy that still has its factory wrapping in place. Do not eat anything homemade by strangers.
- Enter the home of a stranger only if you are with an adult you know.
- Do not walk close to lit candles. Make sure that your costume is flame resistant.
Drive Safely on Halloween
For drivers on Halloween night, Progressive recommends these tips:
- Drive slower than normal.
- Put your cell phone away while driving, as it can cause distracted driving.
- Beware of young children running into the street.
- Yield to child pedestrians.
- Use your turn signals. If you need to pull over to pick up or drop off your child, turn on your car’s hazard lights.
The Mann Law Firm Says: Have a Wonderful and Safe Halloween
The Mann Law Firm hopes your Halloween is a safe and fun one. Our law firm has been assisting residents in the Macon and Middle Georgia area to get solid results in personal injury lawsuits for more than 50 years. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, please contact our office at (478) 742-3381 for a complimentary consultation. At the Mann Law Firm, you will always come first.