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Halloween Safety Tips in San Jose

Posted on in Personal Injury

CA Injury lawyerHalloween falls on a Wednesday night in 2018. This means children will be rushing home from school, excited to go trick treating while also having parties and events to attend throughout the weekend. This is a fun time of the year, but it is also important for parents to bear in mind some simple safety precautions. Paying close attention to your child’s costume, the route they take in your neighborhood, as well as the behaviors of drivers on the road, can help to prevent potentially serious personal injuries. The following tips can help you as a parent ensure your children stay safe.

San Jose Halloween Safety

The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) knows that while children eagerly look forward to Halloween and the bounty of candy they are likely to receive, for parents it can be one of the most worrisome nights of the year. Between ‘stranger danger’ and reports of tampered candy packaging, it is natural to feel some apprehension.

Making sure your child is accompanied by adults, takes a familiar, mapped out route, and refrains from eating any candy until you have inspected it can help to alleviate some of your fears. Other steps the SJPD recommends to avoid accidents and injuries include:

  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant and use electric candles in jack-p-lanterns to reduce fire and burn risks.
  • Pick a costume that fits your child well, with no loose or hanging edges, to reduce slip, trip, and fall injury risks.
  • Avoid masks, which can obscure your child’s vision, and do an allergy test before applying makeup.
  • Use reflective tape to make your child more visible on the road and have them carry a flashlight with them along the way.
  • Warn them against going into anyone’s home or accepting rides along the way, even if they know the individual.

If you have real concerns about the safety of your neighborhood, consider taking your children to community sponsored events instead.

Safety on the Roads

Unfortunately, one of the biggest threats children face on Halloween is from passing motor vehicles. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), Halloween is one of the most dangerous of the year when it comes to pedestrian accidents and injuries. Driver safety tips to help prevent these accidents include:

  • Go slower than normal when coming home from work or events, which means several miles per hour below the speed limit.
  • Avoid distractions and keep your eyes focused on the road and sidewalks.
  • Be particularly cautious in areas where children congregate, such as at schools or near parks and recreation facilities.
  • Come to a complete stop at traffic signs and signals, and allow children plenty of time for crossing streets.
  • If you notice a driver behaving in a reckless manner, notify the SJPD immediately.

Let Us Help You Today

At the Jachimowicz Law Group, your family’s safety and well being is our number one priority. When accidents and injuries do occur, contact our skilled San Jose personal injury attorneys by calling 408-246-5500 and request a consultation to discuss how we can assist you.

 

Source:

http://www.sjpd.org/bfo/community/crimeprev/preventiontips/halloweensafety.html

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