Halloween is right around the corner, which means that parents, kids and neighbors across Columbia need to get ready for trick-or-treating.
While we hope that everyone has a safe, fun night, remember that there are some risks that could lead to serious, painful accidents and injuries. This is particularly true if you are walking door-to-door and a property owner has not taken steps to ensure his or her property is safe for visitors.
Potential risks that could cause accidents
When you take your kids out trick-or-treating, be aware of the following property hazards that can lead to a slip-and-fall accident.
- Large potholes or gaps in walkways
- Obstructions on stairs on sidewalks
- Missing handrails
- Wet, slippery entryways or stairs
- Decorations that could startle visitors
- Poorly lit walkways
- Loose animals
- Candles in jack-o-lanterns
Property owners should address or remove these and other hazards, but too often, someone fails to do this.
What you can do to avoid them
To avoid possible slipping, tripping or falling accidents, adults would be wise to stay with their children until they are old enough to take preventative measures themselves. Parents and older kids should remember to:
- Bring a flashlight
- Stay in groups
- Only approach houses that appear to be welcoming visitors
- Avoid costumes that make it difficult to walk or see
- Use caution on stairways and sidewalks
Know your options if an accident still happens
Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, accidents can and do still happen on Halloween, and these accidents have the potential to cause very serious injuries. Understand that you should not have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence.
If you or your child is hurt while trick-or-treating due to unsafe conditions on someone’s property, then you would be wise to discuss your legal options and eligibility for compensation with an attorney.