As children, we loved Halloween for a number of reasons: the scary costumes, the thrill of stuffing our bags with candy, and the joy of running around the neighborhood with our friends. We also enjoyed being scared by the idea of ghosts, ghouls, and other monsters lurking in the dark. Now that we’re adults, and in many instances parents ourselves, we know that there are other, more legitimate dangers to watch out for on Halloween night. Let’s take a closer look at some of them.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013 4,400 people across the country went to emergency rooms for Halloween-related injuries. Pumpkin carving injuries accounted for over half of these cases. Instead of kitchen knives, use pumpkin carving tools designed especially for the job, as they are smaller and easier to control.
Glowing candlelight adds to a spooky atmosphere when arranged in homes or used on front porches to light Jack-o-Lanterns, but leaving them unattended can result in property damage, catastrophic burn injury, and even loss of life. Party organizers and homeowners should think about using battery-powered flameless candles instead.
Many costumes are not fire-retardant. They also have long capes, sleeves, and wigs that present a serious danger to children around open flames. Parents—and even adults who plan to attend costume parties—should make sure to buy fire-retardant apparel to lessen the risk of burn injuries or worse.
Some costumes have props that are potentially dangerous, such as sticks, canes, and toy swords. Even if they’re part of a child’s costume, they can still have sharp edges, and when kids play with them, serious injuries can result.
Statistics have shown that drunk driving rates go up on Halloween night when adults opt to celebrate with a few drinks. When they get behind the wheel while children are still out trick or treating, tragic accidents occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young pedestrians are four times more likely to be killed on October 31 than any other night of the year.
Parents should always supervise young children when they go out trick-or-treating, and older kids can be equipped with reflective tape and flashlights that leave them more visible in the dark. Costume accessories that obstruct vision, such as hats with low brims, should be discarded in favor of something that allows kids to see and move away from oncoming vehicles.
If, despite reasonable precautions, you or your child suffer a Halloween injury attributable to another party’s carelessness or negligence, contact a New York personal injury attorney who can examine your case, help you determine who was to blame for your injuries, and fight to get the compensation you need to recover.
Jayson Lutzky is an accident and personal injury lawyer with an office in the Bronx, New York. If you were injured at another’s hands, call 718-329-9500 to set up a free in-person consultation. Mr. Lutzky has helped recover millions of dollars for his past clients over the past 34 years. Visit his office on the web at www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com today.