Halloween Safety Tips
Crunching leaves. Ripe apples. Costumes. It is almost time for Halloween. Are you planning to celebrate this year? Will you be venturing out to an adult party or sharing the evening with your children? If you plan to celebrate this year, then you should review our Halloween safety tips. We have even included a special section to highlight the COVID-19 risk associated with Halloween activities.
We hope our Halloween safety tips help you stay safe. If a driver injures you this Halloween, seek medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, seek legal help from a personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers and staff ready to help you with your case. While in any other year Halloween safety might mostly focus on keeping kids and parents aware of issues with costumes and gatherings only, in 2020 we have to consider the COVID-19 implications. Talk to us about your personal injury case – it’s free of charge. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
What Is the COVID-19 Risk Associated With Halloween Activities?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading COVID-19. Families may continue to celebrate Halloween this year, albeit in new and creative ways. Do you know how your Halloween activities compare to the risk levels outlined by the CDC below?
Low Risk Activities
There are many low risk activities that you can engage in to celebrate Halloween. These activities include the following:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household.
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside with neighbors and friends. This activity is low risk if you maintain a safe distance.
- Decorating your house, apartment, or living space.
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt. Give children lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors and admire Halloween decorations at a distance.
- Hosting a virtual Halloween costume contest.
- Halloween movie night with your household.
- Skip house-to-house trick-or-treating. Instead, have a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members around your home.
Moderate Risk Activities
Moderate risk activities may increase your risk of COVID-19 exposure. These activities include the following:
- Participating in one-way trick-or-treating. Participants provide individually wrapped goodie bags for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance.
- Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade. Participants should maintain six feet of distance.
- Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people remain more than 6 feet apart
- Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where people can remain more than 6 feet apart. Appropriate mask use should be enforced.
- Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples. Visitors should wear masks and people should maintain social distance.
- Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least six feet apart.
Higher Risk Activities
The CDC recommends that you avoid the following higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door.
- Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.
- Attending crowded costume parties held indoors.
- Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming.
- Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.
- Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors.
- Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19.
Just like Halloween includes both treats and tricks, holidays can bring both joy and injury. If you are injured in a Halloween car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Our team is highly experienced in the representation of clients in car accident cases in the Las Vegas area, offering decades of insight and knowledge, working to ensure our clients have the best opportunity to win just compensation in their accident cases. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.
Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers
While COVID-19 may alter trick-or-treating this year, drivers should still proceed with caution during the Halloween weekend. If you are a driving this Halloween, stay safe by doing the following:
- Pay attention. Avoid distracted driving.
- Wear a seatbelt.
- If you have a child, use the child seat every time. For additional tips on how to keep your child safe, see our article on car seat safety.
- Drive sober. Alcohol and drugs impact your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
- Do not speed.
- Stay alert for children. Especially in residential neighborhoods during popular trick-or-treating hours. This is usually from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Stop on red. Take the extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs. Remember that excited children may not follow the rules of the road.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
Even the most cautious driver can be injured on Halloween. If another driver injures you during Halloween (or any time of the year), contact the team at Anthem Injury Lawyers. The team at Anthem Injury Lawyers will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation. Our law office is in Henderson, Nevada and we work with clients all over the Las Vegas area. You don’t need to worry if you can’t afford a Las Vegas car accident lawyer. We work on a contingency basis – we get paid when you win. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Halloween Safety Tips for Pedestrians
Halloween may be one of the most dangerous nights of the year for children. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween. Children and adults can stay safe as pedestrians with the following safety tips:
- Adults should always accompany children.
- Adults are reminded to stay sober and alert.
- Avoid distractions.
- Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
- Do not run.
- Use reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
- Remain on well-lit streets.
- Always use the sidewalk.
- Only cross the street in established crosswalks.
- Do not assume drivers see you. Drivers may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters.
Halloween safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you are injured as a pedestrian, you should seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. Talk to us about your case – we’ve represented a wide range of clients hurt by negligent drivers or who’ve encountered dangerous premises where accidents occurred to them as pedestrians. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers can help you protect your rights and help you get the personal injury settlement that you deserve. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.
Costume and Mask Safety Tips
Halloween isn’t the only time people are wearing masks this year. The CDC reminds everyone to wear a mask and do the following:
- Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
- A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
- Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
- Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.
If you or your children plan to wear costumes this year, remember that costumes can increase the risk of injury. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides the following safety tips for those wearing costumes:
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
- Make sure costumes fit properly.
- Look for labels that say flame resistant when shopping for costumes, wigs, and accessories.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses.
We hope these costume and mask safety tips keep you safe this Halloween.
Tips to Avoid Halloween Fire Hazards
COVID-19 is not the only safety concern during Halloween. Halloween decorations, jack-o-lanterns, costumes, debris, bonfires, candles, and parties can all pose fire hazards. Stay aware and safe this Halloween with the National Fire Protection Association’s Halloween fire safety tips:
- Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns. Do not use candles.
- Stay away from costumes with long trailing fabrics.
- Teach children to stay away from open flames.
- Dried flowers, cornstalks, and paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources. This includes light bulbs and heaters.
- Keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Make sure all smoke alarms are working.
We’re glad to share all these tips with you, as personal injury issues can crop up on any Halloween, plus this year COVID-19 poses additional challenges. If you are injured in an accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. An experienced lawyer can manage all the issues involved in a complex case. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced personal injury lawyers who are ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
In Las Vegas and across the country, Halloween is a night that people enjoy. It can also be a night where injuries and accidents occur. We hope our Halloween safety tips help keep you safe. Sometimes no matter what precautions are taken, accidents still happen. If a driver injures you on Halloween night, you need a Las Vegas car accident lawyer who can get you the compensation you deserve. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers handles all types of motor vehicle accident cases. This includes car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bus accidents. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.