October 26, 2017
It’s that time of year again, when it starts to go dark and there are lots of over excitable children just itching to get dressed up and get outside trick or treating.
For most of us grownups, the build up to Halloween and the event itself can become quite stressful as we juggle wanting our children to have an enjoyable evening with the realities of all the usual worries around crossing roads, walking up and down driveways, and of course; doing it all on a dark (possibly wet) night.
Without wishing to be the voice of doom, we all know that a child’s risk of being injured increases greatly at this time of year & this can be greatly reduced by following some simple Halloween rules.
Here are just a few refresher tips for us all to bear in mind:
- Carry out a costume safety check – if an outfit is dark do something to make it more visible like adding reflective tape to it. It’s also a good idea to carry or wear a torch, glow stick or flashlight. Remember to stay bright at night!
- If you are wearing a Halloween mask ensure you can see out of it properly especially when crossing the road and walking along the pavement. Alternatively wear face paint instead of a mask.
- Ensure costumes are fire retardant
- Never cross the road in between parked cars
- Younger children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult or guardian (someone over the age of 16). Don’t let your little ones go out alone. Basic – but vital.
- If older children are venturing out on their own ensure that they will be in a group (there’s safety in numbers), that you agree what time they are to come home and that they have access to a mobile phone.
- Never enter anyone’s home and try to encourage your children to only knock on doors of the people they know.
- Check sweet collections before children tuck in and don’t let children run with food in their mouth.
- And finally, where you can, involve a few trusted adults to help out and keep an eye out for potential risks.
Halloween is all about having fun and we should keep it that way, but common sense is required to ensure everybody stays safe in order to avoid serious personal injury.
About the Author
Laura Reaney is a Paralegal within our Serious Injury Team.
Laura, who joined the team in 1998, originally started as an office junior before training as a Litigator. After gaining extensive experience within personal injury, Laura now specialises in assisting on complex and high value personal injury claims. Over the years she has assisted senior Solicitors in dealing with accident claims involving amputations, serious spinal injuries resulting in permanent disability, brain, head injuries and fatal accidents.