October 24, 2013 | Blog
Halloween is right around the corner and millions of children and adults alike are looking forward to wearing costumes, collecting candy, and attending parties. Unfortunately, many people do not appreciate the risks of accident and injury that come along with the fun and festivity of Halloween. Many parents worry about their children bringing home poisoned candy, however this worry is largely misplaced as a poisoned candy incident has not been reported in the United States in over 20 years. Instead, parents should focus on pedestrian safety, costumes, and decorations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents nearly quadruple on Halloween night as opposed to any other night of the year, and most of these victims are children. The sun sets earlier in October, and therefore children will often begin trick-or-treating before rush hour ends. The high volume of motor vehicle traffic combined with the usually high volume of pedestrian traffic contributes to the extremely high accident occurrences. In addition to pedestrian accidents, many people fall victim to slip and falls or other accidents as a result of costumes or decorations. You may try to prevent accidents and injuries to you and your child by following some basic safety tips. These tips include:
If you follow basic safety tips and educate your children about risks, you should all have a happy, accident and injury free Halloween.