Have a Safe Halloween With These Safety Tips From the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Halloween is a favorite time of the year for kids and adults alike. But, it can very easily turn into a nightmare if your child is injured. With Halloween approaching fast, it’s vital to know how to keep children and adults safe so everyone can fully enjoy this festive holiday accident and injury free. Here are some tips to help keep children and adults safe over Halloween.
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, opt for non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
- Use glow sticks or flashlights to ensure your kids are seen by drivers
- Cross the street at corners. Cross on crosswalks and where there are lights, where possible
- Put electronic devices down and walk, don’t run, across the street
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars
- If you are under the age of 12 you should not be alone at night without adult supervision
- Stick to familiar areas that are well lit and aim to be in trick-or-treat in groups
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them
- Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers
- If you notice a car driving in an erratic manner, or swerving, get somewhere safe immediately. The driver may be intoxicated
TIPS FOR GROWN-UPS AT HALLOWEEN
- Slow down when driving and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings
- Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours
- DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Many adults will be celebrating their Halloween with alcohol, but try and keep it in your own house. Never get behind the wheel and designate a driver if you are going to be at a party
And don’t forget…
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
- When selecting a costume for kids, make sure it’s the right size, and not too long, to prevent trips and falls.
- Know the trick or treat route your child takes if you are not going with them.
The Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers wish you and your family a safe and incident-free Halloween.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers have a main office in Norfolk, Virginia and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News and Hampton, VA. Cooper Hurley handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as wrongful death, railroad injury cases and medical malpractice.
John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling auto injury accident claims. Attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley receive the top AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, a leading attorney rating system. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia and north eastern North Carolina. Our motto is: “When It Really Counts, Count on Cooper Hurley.” If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or see CooperHurley.com.