Traditional safety concerns on Halloween start with making sure the candy is safe. While so much attention has been on risks of tainted or dangerous candy, researchers are studying alarming car accident and injury statistics involving children.
State Farm and Sperling’s BestPlaces reveal that Halloween was the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrian accidents.
Analyzing fatality data from 1990 to 2010, research showed there were an average of 5.5 fatalities on October 31, twice the normal average. The most dangerous hour is from 6 to 7 pm where one fourth of the accidents occurred. The remaining three fourths of accidents took place between 5 and 9 pm. Data shows that the most dangerous location may not be intersections, but rather the middle of the block.[i]
The National Safety Council identifies common mistakes that lead to injuries and death.
Children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.[ii] Drivers not seeing children during dusk is a leading safety concern. Children not seeing or being aware of other pedestrians and vehicles also leads to injuries and death. Drivers may be paying more attention at intersections, but not in the middle of the block where a child in a costume might run across the street without warning. If the child is wearing a mask obstructing their vision, they might not even see the car coming down the street.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons warns of hand and leg injuries.
Severe pumpkin carving injuries to children’s hands are common injuries surgeons see around Halloween. Using safe and proper pumpkin carving tools can decrease the risk of injury. They also treat an increased number of leg injuries usually due to children tripping and falling from costumes that do not fit or prevent them from being able to walk safely. Avoiding masks that block a child’s full range of vision and restrictive costumes preventing normal movement can make Halloween safer.[iii]
Halloween safety tips:
- Walk with your children trick-or-treating;
- Chose safe costumes and avoid masks;
- Explain safety risks to children, especially vehicles;
- Stay in areas where you are familiar with surroundings;
- Use the correct and safe pumpkin carving tools.
If you or your child are injured in any sort of accident on Halloween, call Rocky Haire Injury Lawyers.
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[ii] National Safety Council, Spooky truths regarding Halloween safety on the road.