October is here, and that means that across the Boston area and the rest of the United States, kids and parents alike are busy working on their costumes and their social plans for Halloween night. Trick or treating and Halloween parties are fun traditions for Americans of all ages, providing kids with the opportunity to step away from the screens and enjoy face to face time with friends.
The greatest risk that trick or treaters and their parents face is the darkness – at night, it can be difficult or impossible to see potholes, broken steps, and other hazards on unfamiliar properties.
You can minimize your risk and your child's risk of being injured while out trick or treating by following these Halloween safety tips.
If you are Taking your Child Out Trick or Treating:
Take the following precautions with your child's costume to minimize his or her risk of being injured on Halloween:
Only purchase costumes labeled “flame retardant;”
Write or sew your child's name and your phone number into his or her costume;
Test makeup on small areas of skin before applying it to the face. Your child could have an allergic reaction to the makeup;
Do not send your child out with a realistic-looking weapon. If his or her costume involves a weapon or other pointed object, be sure this object is soft, flexible, and poses no risk of harming your child or another individual;
Be sure that all masks fit properly and do not limit your child's vision in any way;
Add reflective tape to your child's costume to make him or her more visible to drivers at night. An alternative to this is giving your child a reflective pendant to wear around his or her neck; and
If a costume is so long that it drags on the ground, cut or hem the bottom to reduce your child's risk of tripping on it.
If you are Expecting Trick or Treaters:
If you are Hosting a Halloween Party:
Injury Attorneys in Boston, Massachusetts
Do not allow your fear of your child being injured on Halloween to keep him or her from going out to enjoy the holiday this year. By following the safety tips listed above, you can dramatically reduce your child's risk of being injured while out trick or treating.
However, you cannot completely eliminate this risk. If your child is injured on Halloween or any other day of the year, seek medical attention for him or her as soon as possible.
Once he or she has received treatment, contact our team of experienced Boston injury attorneys at Kelly & Soto Law for your free legal consultation. Be sure to do this in a timely manner after your child receives treatment.
In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the accident. For minors, the statute of limitations does not begin until the victim's eighteenth birthday, effectively giving your child until he or she turns 21 to seek monetary compensation for a childhood Halloween injury.