Halloween this year is definitely going to be different! Are kids even going to go door-to-door trick or treating?
Here are some key precautions:
- Cloth masks are most important part of your children’s costume this year
- Make a game of tossing (underhand, please) candy into each child’s bag
- Further recommendations are available at halloween2020.org
DID YOU KNOW KIDS ARE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE STRUCK BY A CAR AND KILLED ON HALLOWEEN?
The greatest danger on Halloween night to children is the same danger that children face all year: car accidents. Per a report in the Washington Post, an average of 54 pedestrian children were struck and killed by automobiles on Halloween Day from 2004 to 2018.
The National Safety Council (NSC) says that kids are more than twice as likely to be struck by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. The most important safety tip is:
Make sure all your children carry flashlights or glow sticks while trick-or-treating!
THE URBAN MYTH OF RAZOR BLADES IN HALLOWEEN TREATS
A parent’s worst nightmare is the possibility of having dangerous items intentionally placed in candy to hurt their children. However, research has shown this almost never happens. Most cases were determined to be hoaxes or attributed to other causes.
A much more common danger to children is food allergies where a candy fails to list all ingredients. Eggs, milk and peanuts are the most common food allergies in children with almost 1 in 13 children having some kind of food allergy.
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT INJURY CLAIMS ON HALLOWEEN
If parents follow these guidelines, their children will have a safe Halloween. However, negligent drivers, texting drivers, or even careless neighbors can still put children at risk. If your child was injured in a Halloween accident, call our experienced injury law firm at 602.639.3344 today.