The spooky season is officially upon us. Halloween may be all about dressing up in fun costumes, trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns, but remember: accidents still happen. To reduce preventable injuries, the National Safety Council (NSC) first began encouraging Americans to observe Halloween Safety Month every October since the 1970s. To have the best — and safest – Halloween with your friends and family, check out some of the useful tips that we compiled below.
Dressing up can be one of the most fun parts of Halloween, but sometimes costumes are dangerous. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the following tips for making sure that a costume will not create avoidable safety hazards:
According to the NSC, children are more than two-times as likely to be struck by a motor vehicle and killed on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year. A responsible adult should accompany young children when they are out trick-or-treating, and it is a good idea to keep the following tips from the Council in mind, too:
Parents, along with anyone else that plans to be on the road during Halloween, need to be careful to keep an eye out for young trick-or-treaters and pedestrians. Here are some of the NSC’s recommendations:
While costumes and traffic are critical Halloween safety issues, it is important to remember that other types of accidents can happen too. For example, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that more than 3,500 children, teens and adults sustain Halloween-related injuries that are serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room each year. A significant number of these injuries involve lacerations that result from carving pumpkins. The other most common injuries involve falls while putting up or taking down decorations, walking while trick-or-treating, or tripping on a costume. To reduce injury rates, the CPSC recommends the following:
The entire team here at Galfand Berger is wishing you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy – and spooky! — Halloween. If you have a legal question or concern, someone can help. Contact a representative online now.
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