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Avoid Common Halloween-Related Injuries by Following These Tips

Waukegan personal injury attorneysAcross the United States, both children and adults are preparing for Halloween. For some, Halloween simply means passing out candy to a few neighbors, while others celebrate the spooky holiday with as much enthusiasm as they do Christmas or Easter. Whatever your Halloween plans, Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. reminds you to stay safe and be on the lookout for dangerous situations.If you are injured while enjoying the holiday festivities, a qualified personal injury attorney may help you receive compensation for expenses like medical bills and lost wages.

Take Steps to Ensure Your Property and Home Are Free from Hazards

If you plan to invite others into your home or to your front door on Halloween, make sure there are not any dangerous items or circumstances on your property. If an individual is injured by a preventable hazard on your property, he or she may be able to sue you. In order to protect yourself as well as trick-or-treaters, remove tripping hazards like loose toys or lawn décor from trick-or-treaters’ path. Ensure that your property, walkway, and porch area are well-lit. Even if your pets are usually friendly to strangers, it may be best to relocate pets who could accidently jump on or injure children during the Halloween festivities.

Be Aware of the Increased Risk of Traffic Accidents

Halloween can be a dangerous night on the roads. Excited, sugar-filled children can neglect to use common sense while crossing the road. Adults who attend Halloween parties of their own can underestimate their level of intoxication after drinking and drive drunk. The holiday generally sees an increase in both pedestrian accidents as well as drunk driving collisions. Providing children with flashlights and adding reflective tape to costumes can help reduce their chance of being involved in an accident. If you plan on drinking during a Halloween event, find a designated driver or ride-sharing service to take you home.

Avoid Eye Injuries and Burns by Using Only Safe Costume Accessories

Many children love costumes that involve swords, wands, and other sharp objects. If your child wishes to use accessories such as these, make sure they are dull and flexible. In a pinch, electrical tape can be used to dull the sharp edges of costume accessories. 

Another injury-causing hazard to be aware of this Halloween is fire. Decorative lights or candles in jack-o-lanterns can quickly become treacherous. To reduce the risk of injury, choose flame-retardant costumes and accessories. Switch out real flames for LED lights whenever possible.

Contact a Lake County Injury Lawyer

Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. hopes that you and your family have a fun and incident-free Halloween this year. If you or someone you know is injured because of a negligent property owner this Halloween, contact us to learn about your legal options for compensation. Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a Waukegan personal injury attorney by calling 847-662-3303 today.

 

Sources:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/halloween-safety-tips

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Halloween-safety

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