It's a delightful time of year. The weather in Georgia has cooled, the leaves are falling and the holidays are fast approaching.
To kick it all off, Halloween is right around the corner. Halloween night is meant to be fun, so try to avoid any frightful accidents that would lead to an ER visit. The most common Halloween injuries include:
- Pumpkin Carving Injuries – cuts to hands and fingers - go slow and cut away from body parts
- Pedestrians getting hit by cars – trick-or-treat at all the houses on one side of the street before crossing to the other side of the street
- Eye Injuries – usually caused from costumes with sharp objects, like swords or sticks. Choose flexible, dull, plastic objects.
- Burns – Costumes catch on fire when they come too close to lit pumpkins or bonfires – keep pumpkins in an area where trick-or-treaters won't come in contact with them and make sure costumes are made of flame retardant material.
Halloween Safety Tips
As a kid, it's always fun to dress up and walk door-to-door asking for treats. While parents typically accompany their kids on this journey, there's usually a year when your kids are young enough to still trick-or-treat but old enough to go on their own. While I always recommend an adult accompanying any kids trick-or-treating, here are some safety tips if you decide to let them venture out on their own.
Go in groups and know the route. Only let your kids trick-or-treat without you if they're in a group and in a familiar neighborhood free of heavy traffic. Map out the route they are going to take and make sure parents and kids have the same route. Be sure all the streets on the route are clearly named and any areas or streets they're not allowed to take are clearly known.
Carry a cell phone. If possible, have your child carry a cell phone. A great app to download for free to your Android or iPhone is the Life360 app. It will let you set a safe trick-or-treat zone and alert you of where your family is at all times. It will even warn you if someone ventures into the forbidden zone. You can download the app here.
Light up. Make sure your kids are well lit. Be it a flashlight or reflective tape stuck on their clothing, it's important for people to see them and for the trick-or-treaters to see where they're walking so as to prevent falls and sprains.
Set specific hours. Be sure it's clear the hours the kids are allowed to trick-or-treat. It's a good idea to check in with them every 30 minutes or so just to make sure everything's okay. The following Middle Georgia Counties have set specific times that trick-or-treaters are allowed to knock on doors:
- Macon Bibb County: 5:30p to 8:00p
- Milledgeville: 5:00p to 8:00p
- Warner Robins Houston County: 6:00p to 8:00p
- Cordele Crisp County: 6:00p to 8:00p
- Fitzgerald: Begins at 5:30
- Cochran Blakely County: 5:30p-8:30p
- Forsyth Monroe County: 5:30p-7:30p
Be on the lookout for stranger danger. Check to see if there are any known sex offenders in your neighborhood, and you might consider keeping your children from going to that house. You can look them up on the Georgia sex offender registry at https://gbi.georgia.gov/georgia-sex-offender-registry. Be sure that all the children in the group stick together and no-one accepts a ride from anyone, especially strangers.
Halloween is a fun night but only if you stay safe. If you find yourself in the scary situation where you've been injured because of someone else's negligence then we're here to help. Call the Gautreaux Law firm for a free consultation at 478-238-9758. We'll handle everything for you so you can focus on recovering and enjoy the rest of the holiday season.