Every year Halloween festivities and traditions result in a plethora of injuries (from costume related trauma to flame burns to broken bones), most of which can be prevented, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). To help trick or treaters stay safe and remain free of haunting injuries that can linger well past the holiday, the CPSC issued a simple three point safety checklist. The checklist targets three primary factors that often result in injuries on Halloween: using caution around open flames; making sure children are visible while trick or treating; and choosing safe costumes. The points below summarize the guidelines.
Guard against burn injury and fires:
- Only use flame retardant material when selecting costumes or other accompanying items.
- Use battery operated devices. Don’t use open flame candles, lanterns, or pumpkins. They are a regular source of fires each year. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) claims the holiday is among every year’s top five days that produce the most accidental fires.
Be visible and aware:
- Walk with flashlights or other glowing devices when out after dusk.
- Equip costumes and outer wardrobes with reflective tape for maximum visibility.
Find the right fit:
- Avoid fall hazards by choosing costumes that fit correctly; tailor them if necessary. They should never drag along the ground.
- Make sure any components of a costume that are worn on the head do not restrict an individual’s sight or breathing ability.
With awareness and risk education, Halloween can be fun and safe holiday for everyone who celebrates it. If you or a loved one has been injured during a Halloween accident in Pennsylvania that you think was the result of another party’s negligence, contact the personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia with Anapol Weiss at (866) 735-2792 for a free consultation.