Part of making Halloween fun for the whole family is preventing injury, including the risk of fire, according to the New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Division of Fire Safety. Since Halloween decorations frequently include lighted candles, fire poses a high risk during this holiday, which can lead to serious burn injury and other forms of personal injury. By following the below fire-safety tips, you can help prevent accidents this Halloween.
- Make sure costumes fit snugly and are made of fire-resistant material. Loose costumes are easier to drag into a candle’s path accidentally, and costumes that are not fire-resistant will catch fire and burn quickly.
- Choose costumes without elaborate head coverings, which can be difficult to remove in case of fire and make breathing difficult.
- Teach kids to “stop, drop and roll” if their costume catches fire. This helps smother the flames and prevent injury.
- Use flashlights or battery-operated electric candles when you decorate instead of traditional wax burning candles. Never let children carry candles or objects containing candles while trick-or-treating. Instead, give children small flashlights. Teach kids to avoid getting close to jack-o’-lanterns, bonfires, and other things that involve an open flame.
Aside from the risk of burn injury, parents should be particularly careful when crossing the street with their child or children this Halloween. In the past, pedestrian accidents have occurred far too often during this highly celebrated holiday. Child injuries can have serious consequences, which makes awareness of these types of risks and accidents of the utmost importance.
Carelessness or negligence may interfere and spoil the fun of Halloween by causing injury, and in the worst of cases, wrongful death. If you or a loved one is injured due to another’s negligence or carelessness in a New Hampshire pedestrian crash or another type of accident, you have legal rights. The experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. can help you understand your rights and help you fight to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a free and confidential consultation, call Tenn And Tenn, P.A. today at (888) 332-5855.