Raleigh personal injury lawyers at Brent Adams & Associates reviewed reports of accidents that take place on Halloween to help North Carolina families prevent accidents and injuries during one of the year’s most popular holidays for children. Halloween raises children’s risk of injuries significantly. More pedestrian traffic, exposure to new candies and foods, and non-reflective costumes all add to the chances of a child suffering an injury. Out of all Halloween accidents, our Raleigh personal injury lawyers are showcasing the top types of holiday accidents and offering tips for families to keep kids safe during this spooky time of year:
- Pedestrian-car accidents. Higher pedestrian traffic, combined with poorly visible costumes and low evening lighting make it very difficult for drivers to see children. The CDC reports children are four times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident on Halloween than on any other day of the year. To help prevent accidents, add reflective material to your children’s costumes and carry flashlights, supervise kids while they trick-or-treat, and try to finish trick-or-treating before dusk.
- Fires. Fires start from forgotten or poorly placed Halloween candles in jack-o-lanterns and as decorations. Don’t light more candles than you can remember to blow out and put them in safe places where children or pets won’t trip over them.
- Halloween candy hazards. Research recalled Halloween candies and tell your children not to eat their trick-or-treat treasure until you’ve inspected each piece.