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How Can Homeowners Contribute to Halloween Safety?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Oct-2017

Last week, we discussed tips for keeping your trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween. However, there are also ways that you can make Halloween safer for your neighborhood.

  1. Keep your property well-lit: Trick-or-treaters and their parents must be able to see where they are going. You should ensure that your property has adequate lighting. Walkways, driveways and front doorsteps should be able illuminate any possible hazards.
  2. Put your dog away: Dogs bites are a possible hazard for trick-or-treaters. If you are a dog owner, then you have a few options. You can put the dog in another room and keep it busy with a toy or treat. In addition, you could spend time with your dog inside and simply leave candy out on the front porch so you do not have to answer the door.
  3. Use safe decorations: Some decorations have inherent safety risks. Decorations that use candles could cause fires if they get too close to costumes or other objects. Other types of decorations can cause electrical hazards. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has tips for selecting safe Halloween decorations.
  4. Clear any obstacles: Even if your property is lit, it is unreasonable to assume children or their parents will not trip over objects left out on walkways or lawns. Clear any objects or plants that could cause a trip and fall accident.
  5. Be a safe driver: If you are going to be at a party or other social event during Halloween, then please practice safe driving habits. Do not drink and drive. Use a designated driver or ridesharing service. Never text and drive. You should also ensure your headlights, taillights and mirrors are in working order beforehand.

Halloween safety is important for both trick-or-treaters and property owners. If you are a homeowner and a trick-or-treater is injured or killed on your property, then you could be held liable for damages. The same could be true if you do not practice safe driving habits during this holiday.

What if My Child is Injured During Halloween?

Continue following our blog for future safety tips. If you or a loved one are injured while trick-or-treating, then the Washington DC premises liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help discover whether you have options to pursue damages.

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