Although Halloween is a great time for horror stories, real-life accidents cause much more danger than ghosts, witches or vampires. Follow these tips to help keep your California Halloween experience a safe and happy one.
Costumes and lighting prevent slips, trips and falls
While slips, trips and falls may not seem very serious, you can sustain severe injuries from these types of accidents. Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of injuries and can result in the following:
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Broken hips
• Spinal cord injuries
• Neck injuries
• Bone fractures
• Torn muscles and tendons
These types of injuries may take years of medical care to heal. To prevent them, make sure costumes fit well and your Halloween activities take place in areas with plenty of lighting.
Make plans for designated drivers
While making plans for someone else to drive if you are going to drink is a good idea, it is especially important on Halloween. The holiday results in more child pedestrian deaths than any other time of year. If you are not alert due to your alcohol consumption, you may end up contributing to the deadly toll. Halloween parties can be a great way for adults to enjoy the holiday and unwind, but take advantage of rideshares or sober friends to make sure you arrive home safely.
Jack-o-lanterns and bonfires create burn injuries
Fire accidents occur during Halloween due to both jack-o-lanterns and outdoor bonfires. Consider using LED lights instead of candles for jack-o-lanterns to prevent fires. To keep safe during bonfires, follow these tips:
• Supervise your pets and children.
• Create a fire pit.
• Do not use too much fuel.
• Keep your distance from the fire.
Prioritize safety during the holiday
Whether you plan to enjoy Halloween as an adult or with your children, safety should always be your main priority. Teaching children to be alert to potential accidents can reduce injuries. Planning ahead will result in more “treats” and less unpleasant tricks.