Here's How to Stay Safer This Halloween

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 7-Oct-2015

Children throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. are celebrating and dreaming up ridiculous and outlandish costume ideas: Halloween is almost here! In a few short weeks, it will be time for costume parties, bobbing for apples, gorging on tasty treats and staying out after dark.

While Halloween is a favorite holiday for all ages, it can also pose very specific (and not necessarily intuitive) accident and injury risks. Keep in mind these safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make sure that Halloween at your house (and in your neighborhood) is both fun and safe.

For Safer Trick or Treating

Choose your costume carefully. Make sure it's easy to walk in and that hems are short enough to prevent tripping. Reflective tape can help drivers see you more clearly after dark, as can white costume materials and lights. Avoid dressing young children in all black or brown materials (e.g. witch costumes) unless you add these safety elements.

Use safe walking skills. Cross only at marked crosswalks, look both ways before crossing the street, and walk between houses - never run.

Carry flashlights or glow sticks to help light the way between houses.

Assign a responsible grownup to go with each group of trick or treaters. Make sure the adult has a flashlight and reflective clothing as well!

For Safer Treats

Double-check wrappers to make sure they are closed.

Dispose of any treats that don't come in sealed wrappers.

Avoid giving small treats to young children, who might choke on them. Consider instituting a "treat swap" with older kids, or have safe treats available at home for the younger set.

If you don't know what's in a treat, look it up! A quick Internet search can help you determine whether a particular treat contains ingredients that might trigger a child's allergies or food sensitivities.

Avoid overloading on sugar, particularly if you have diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Sugar is a fast digesting carbohydrate that can spike both blood sugar and insulin levels. Eating too much sugar at once - particularly if you're metabolically susceptible - can lead to acute medical problems, such as severe hypoglycemic episodes.

Question about a Halloween injury or accident? Connect with our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys today for insight into how to recover fair compensation.

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