Halloween is a night for kids, candy and fun, but like everything done
for children, safety is crucial. As a concerned parent, you already do
much to keep your kids safe on the holiday by insisting that they trick-or-treat
in groups and by inspecting candy before letting your little ones gorge.
But what else can you do to reduce the risk your kids face on Halloween?
Here are three surprising (but simple) ideas:
Test Makeup the Day Before
Most people don’t consider face paint and costume makeup potentially
dangerous, but up to 10 percent of the population has
heightened sensitivity to cosmetics. Usually, this sensitivity leads to little more than minor
reactions, known as contact dermatitis, but sometimes makeup causes life-threatening
allergic reactions. To stay safe, test your children’s makeup the
day before Halloween by applying a small amount to the hand or forearm,
and watch for redness, swelling or other discomfort.
If You Must Drive on Halloween, Drive Completely without Distractions
Most parents know that talking or texting on the phone increases risk for
accidents. The holiday compounds such risks, especially in residential
neighborhoods between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., when kids are most likely to
be outdoors and dodging in and out of the street. Watch for children in
dark costumes, keep a window cracked to listen for children you might
not be able to see, and avoid alcohol and phone use completely, if absolutely
need to drive. (Ideally, make plans that won't involve your needing
to get behind the wheel at all.)
Leave the Phone in Your Pocket
Distraction isn’t just a problem for drivers. If you’re escorting
a group of trick-or-treaters, pay attention to where each child is and
what he or she is doing at all times. Texting, checking email or talking
on the phone makes it difficult to manage groups of kids in the dark.
Unless it’s an emergency, wait until you’re all safely back
at home to upload pictures of your dears to Facebook.
Finally, remember to stay in well-lit areas, put reflective tape on costumes
and check candy before kids eat it. We discuss this topic in more detail here:
Halloween: Dangerous Candy-Beware.
If someone you love got hurt during Halloween, as a result of a pedestrian
accident or costume injury, please get in touch with our
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys today to explore how you can obtain fair compensation and justice in your