Along with the tricks and treats of Halloween come some very real hazards
parents and children should be aware of when celebrating this October.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released tips for
preventing Halloween-related accidents and injuries. Parents are urged
to follow these tips when selecting costumes and preparing children for
- Buy costumes that are labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. Costumes
made with these materials will resist burning and extinguish flames quickly.
This can help prevent burn injuries in the event a costume comes into
contact with a candle flame.
- If your child’s costume requires a prop such as a knife or a sword,
buy one made of soft material. This will reduce the risk of injury should
your child fall on the prop.
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes with your costume, as they are not suitable
for walking long distances.
- Masks should fit securely so they do not obstruct the vision of the wearer.
- Fit your children’s costumes with reflective tape to make your kids
more visible to motorists.
- Avoid buying costumes that drag on the ground, as they can cause kids to
trip and fall while walking.
- Do not put a lit jack o’lantern or candle near doorsteps or landings.
If someone walks by in a costume, the costume could come into contact
with the flame.
- If you expect trick-or-treaters, remove any obstacles from your lawn and
porch. This will reduce the risk of accidents.
- Check decorative lights for broken sockets, bare wires, cracked sockets,
and loose connections.
- Avoid overloading your extension cords.
When you take these precautions, you reduce the risk of accidents on your
property. Unfortunately, other property owners are not as conscientious.
If your child suffers an injury during Halloween festivities, you have
the right to seek compensation for the associated medical expenses and
other costs. The experienced Northern California personal injury attorneys
at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help. Call us at (800) 900-0863
to discuss your case.