Halloween Safety Tips for Phoenix AZ and Surrounding Families
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Oct 30, 2015 in Local
Halloween means many parents are busy helping their children make costumes, fill treat bags for school parties and carve jack-o-lanterns. But amidst the excitement of costumes and candy, the personal injury attorneys at the Phillips Law Group urge parents to remember the importance of keeping their children safe on Halloween.
According to the American Automobile Association and State Farm Insurance companies, fatal pedestrian accidents are more common on Halloween than on any other night of the year. In fact, child pedestrian fatalities on Halloween average nearly six per year - more than double the average amount of pedestrian accidents that occur on any other day of the year.
To help ensure your child doesn't become a statistic, review these Halloween safety tips with your children before heading out to trick-or-treat.
A Safe Costume is a Necessity
Your childs costume should always fit properly. Costumes that are too big or too long can cause your child to trip and fall, and ill-fitting costumes that are too small can restrict your childs movement.
Always make sure your childs costume is made from flame retardant materials.
If a mask is part of your childs costume, make sure they can see clearly while wearing it. Face paint is a great alternative to masks, as the paint will not obstruct or restrict your childs vision.
For extra visibility, add reflective tape to your childs costume and accessories, or have your child carry a glow stick. The brightness of these items will help make your child more visible to motorists as nighttime approaches.
Trick-or-Treating Safety Must-Dos
Children under the age of thirteen should always be supervised by an adult while trick-or-treating. Children thirteen years of age and older should trick-or-treat in groups if they will not be accompanied by an adult. Also, establish a curfew for your older children, and remind them of the importance of obeying it.
Before heading out to trick-or-treat, plan a safe route for your children to follow. If possible, choose neighborhoods that youre familiar with, and try to choose neighborhoods that are well-lit and equipped with sidewalks. Be sure to review the route with your children before leaving home.
Insist your children stay on sidewalks at all times during trick-or-treating. If no sidewalks are available, advise your children to walk along the roads left side while facing traffic.
Remind your children to only cross at street corners and to always look left-right-left before crossing. Also, children should never be permitted to run while crossing streets.
Instruct your children to stay outside while trick-or-treating and to never go inside anyones house or garage for candy.
Halloween Candy Safety
Never let your children eat any Halloween candy until the treats have been inspected by a parent or another trusted adult.
When planning your Trick-or-Treat route, ensure the route includes as many trustworthy households as possible.
If you find candy that contains a foreign object, has a peculiar odor or appears suspicious in any way, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.
The caring personal injury lawyers at Phillips Law Group are committed to keeping Arizona, California and Utah families safe on Halloweenand every day of the year.