With Halloween upon us, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released a three-step safety checklist to help people of all ages prevent injury this holiday. Families in Rhode Island and around the nation are getting ready for a night of frights and fun, but every year there are many reports of serious injuries involving Halloween costumes, decorations, and lighting.
The CPSC checklist offers simple yet solid advice on how Halloween accidents often occur and what can be done to prevent them.
Fires and Burns
Burns can occur from open flames in candles and jack-o’-lanterns in houses, porches, and walkways, and flammable costumes can catch on fire and cause serious burn injuries to the wearer. Open flames should never be left unattended and candles and jack-o’-lanterns should be placed far from trafficked areas. For the greatest safety, use battery-operated candles and lights instead. When selecting or making a costume for yourself or your child, choose outfits made from flame-retardant materials such as nylon and polyester for added protection.
Halloween costumes tend to favor black or dark designs, but when out trick-or-treating at night, visibility can become a serious safety issue. In order to make yourself and your family as visible as possible, choose brightly colored costumes, trim clothing and candy bags in reflective tape, and carry flashlights and glow sticks after dark.
Halloween costumes can look great in the package, but can sometimes be a poor fit. Costumes can be baggy and drag on the ground and masks can fit poorly and limit vision and breathing. Always make sure costumes fits correctly and adjust them accordingly when necessary. When a costume causes someone to trip or obscures vision, serious accidents can occur.
Halloween is a time for celebration and fun. An injury not only ends your night, but can also causes serious harm. If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact the Rhode Island injury lawyers at Marasco and Nesselbush today for a consultation on you case at (401) 274-7400.