Picking out a Halloween costume is a favorite activity of many children, but did you know that some costumes actually put your kids in danger? If you do not select a costume carefully, your child could be at an increased risk for burn injuries, slip and fall injuries, and other accidents. These Halloween safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will help you ensure that your children’s costumes are as safe as possible.
- Costumes should not drag on the ground, as this increases the risk of tripping and falling.
- If you buy a costume, it should be made of flame-retardant materials that extinguish flames quickly.
- Costume props should be made from flexible materials that present a low risk of injury.
- Avoid sleeves that are too long, as they can get caught in a candle flame and ignite.
- If you make your own costume, use polyester or nylon. These materials are more resistant to flames than natural fabrics.
- Make sure all masks fit well, as poorly fitted masks can obstruct vision which increases the risk of accidents.
- Choose costumes made in light fabrics, as they are easier for motorists, bicyclists, and other pedestrians to see in the dark. Add reflective tape to any dark costumes to improve visibility.
- Reduce the risk of falls by making sure your kids wear sturdy shoes.
- Give your children flashlights so they can see obstacles and can be seen by others.
Taking these important safety precautions can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries on Halloween. If your child is hurt on someone else’s property, however, the property owner may be liable. If you need help getting compensation for injuries that occurred due to someone else’s negligence, contact the Nebraska personal injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan. We have the experience you need when you seek justice. For a free and confidential case review, contact us at (402) 397-7600.