Halloween is one of the most favorite holidays for children because they
have an opportunity to dress up as their favorite characters or monsters
and receive massive amounts of candy from neighbors. While parents are
out with their kids, or allow them to trick-or-treat with their friends,
it is important to discuss potential safety risks associated with Halloween
with your children to help them avoid getting hurt.
The following are the common dangers associated with Halloween night:
Stranger danger – Halloween night is an opportunity for predators or kidnappers
to take advantage of children, especially if they are trick-or-treating
unsupervised. You need to tell your children not to talk to strangers
and go door-to-door with a big group. A parent or older child can tag
along for added safety. If a stranger invites your children to go inside
a house or car, tell them to always say “No!”
Tainted candy – While your kids can’t wait to indulge in their bags of candy
they gathered from trick-or-treating, you need to inspect each piece prior
to letting them eat it. While people sometimes accidentally drop stuff
into Halloween candy bags, most often they intentionally tamper with the
candy in order to cause significant harm, using needles, razors, nails,
and even drugs. Children should only consume candy that is properly sealed
and not considered a choking hazard, depending on their age.
Distracted drivers – From elaborate costumes to decorated houses, drivers can be distracted
on Halloween by many things. The more distractions around the area, the
higher the chances of a car accident occurring. To reduce the risk of
your children getting struck by a distracted driver, include bright colors
or reflective tape into their costumes. Furthermore, they should carry
a flashlight to keep an eye out for oncoming dangers.
Animal attacks – Every year, children are the most vulnerable to dog bites and
attacks. If your children notice a dog in the front year while trick-or-treating,
they must not approach the animal or pet an unfamiliar canine. If you
have a dog, ensure they stay inside the home.
If your child has suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party
during Halloween, our
Fort Worth personal injury attorney at the
Law Office of James M. Stanley can help you obtain the financial compensation your child deserves. On
behalf of our firm, we hope you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween!