Prevent personal injuries to kids this Halloween

There are many reasons why children look forward to Halloween: The excitement, the costumes, the candy and the spookiness. Parents look forward to Halloween as well; it is a great time to make memories with your family.

But Halloween can also pose the risk of personal injury, especially for children. Before you head out trick-or-treating, take care to know a few important safety tips for this holiday.

  • Adults should accompany children

Children are smaller than adults, and are therefore less visible to cars. Adults should always accompany children, especially if they are young. Supervision is crucial to preventing injuries.

  • Beware on neighborhood streets

Don’t let children dart off sidewalks into streets or driveways, where cars may be driving. Stay within well-lit areas, so that cars can see you. Even if there are lots of trick-or-treaters on the road, cars can still cause significant injuries to children they do not see.

  • Take caution around dogs

Halloween is frightening to dogs as well as children. Canine companions may react badly to the loud noises, flashing lights and excitable children. If a dog seems threatening, stay away—you just may avoid a dog bite.

What to do if injured

If your child or another trick-or-treater is injured, seek medical treatment immediately. If necessary, call an ambulance. Document the scene of the injury by taking photographs. Get the names and contact information of witnesses, and write down the license plate number of any car that is involved.

Then, you should consider your legal rights. If another person’s negligence caused your child’s injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Financial compensation can cover damages like medical bills, emotional trauma, pain and suffering and lost wages.

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