Halloween Safety Tips from DLP Law

Date: October 30, 2018
Posted In: In The Community | Press

Trick-or-Treating Safety

  • Bring along glow sticks and flashlights to light the way and to make children more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Glow sticks are easy to find in most stores right now.
  • Accompany children under 12 as they trick-or-treat. Children over 12 should stick to areas they know if they want to head out on their own. Give older children a curfew.
  • If you plan on going in a group, make sure to stick together or buddy up to keep everyone accounted for.
  • Stay on a sidewalk whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic. Remind young ones about road safety and looking both ways before crossing the street.
  • Wait until you get home to dig into the candy. That way, parents can check for any tampering, spot treats with allergens, and discard anything deemed unsafe.

Safety tips for drivers on Halloween

  • Put away distractions. That phone call or text message can wait. Put away your cell phone and pay attention to the roads.
  • Drive slowly in neighborhoods. Watch closely for children who may dart into the street.
  • Don’t drink and drive.

Halloween Home Safety Tips

If you’re in charge of handing out treats, here are some tips to make sure your visitors enjoy themselves.

  • If you have a dog, keep them someplace safe and away from the door. Not only will some children be afraid of dogs, but the constant doorbell ringing and the stream of trick or treaters may startle your dog. If you have a cat, consider keeping them in a room as well so they don’t try to slip out the door.
  • Provide treats that are store bought. They don’t have to be food—play doh, erasers, and other small Halloween toys can be a fun surprise—but avoid anything handmade.
  • Light the path so guests can easily find your door. Some excited children may end up cutting through your lawn, so check that you haven’t left out any errant gardening equipment or other items that could be easily tripped over.
  • Most trick or treaters know to only visit homes with their porch lights on. Keep your light on to let them know you’re a trick-or-treat house!

While every parent or guardian does their best to keep their children safe on Halloween, accidents can happen. If you or your child has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, call the Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers at Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP. Our team of personal injury lawyers have successfully won record results for our clients. Injury? Call DLP! (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P or visit: www.DLPLaw.com

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Brian Price
Brian has been practicing law in Northeastern Pennsylvania for the past 25 years. In 2000 he became partner in Dougherty Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. He is Board Certified in Trial Advocacy, named a Super Lawyer and sits on the Board of Governors in Philadelphia.