It's spooky season, and while frightful fun is a must, it's important to stay safe. Keep reading to learn how you can have a fun and safe Halloween.
Tip #1: Avoid a Graveyard Smash . . . Into Another Driver
One of the most common accidents that happen on Halloween weekend is a car crash. Frightening festivities often involve drinking, but there's a way to enjoy yourself safely without putting you and others at risk.
The best way to avoid an accident is by getting a designated driver. Designated drivers can be anyone in your circle who volunteers to stay sober and drive for you. Not only does this mean that you can still partake, but it also means you have a safe way to get back home.
If you don't have a DD, call an Uber or taxi. It's an extra cost, but your life and the life of other people on the road is priceless – don't leave your life to chance.
Another thing to keep in mind is road conditions. Even if you aren't drinking and you're a good driver, you cant depend on others to stay safe. A lot of people will be on the road, and many of them may be driving impaired – plan your activities around traffic and avoid staying out too late.
Tip #2: The Weird Science of Premises Liability
Halloween parties are an opportunity to have fun, dress up, and celebrate the spookiest night of the year, but something is lurking around the corner: premises liability.
Premises liability is a legal term for a business or property owner's responsibility to keep their guests and visitors safe. This involves making clear signs that indicate restricted areas, clearly marking safety hazards, and ensuring that guests are safe at all times.
If you are hosting a Halloween party, you are responsible for fixing any loose steps, cleaning up wet floors, and marking off restricted areas of the house. Partygoers should be aware of any risks or safety concerns before the party, and you must check in regularly to make sure people are cooperating.
It may not sound like much, but premises liability can open the portal to a world of hurt for you and your guests. If someone gets hurt on your property and it becomes clear that you neglected to warn them of the danger, you could be held responsible for their injuries. It's always better to go overboard with warnings and safety checks than to be caught up in a costly lawsuit.
Tip #3: Season of the Witch (and Wee Pedestrians)
If you're taking your children trick or treating, there are a few things to keep in mind. The most crucial safety tip to keep in mind is that you must stay close to your children at all times. Many neighborhoods don't have sidewalks, and not all drivers are looking for trick or treaters.
Pedestrian accidents are, like car crashes, very common on Halloween night. Children are below visibility level for most drivers, and tragedy can occur if they aren't paying attention.
Always keep your children close, and if possible, avoid neighborhoods without sidewalks and/or clear visibility. Small children should always be kept close, and older children should at least be in your line of sight at all times.
Halloween is a fun holiday to spend with family and friends, and there's no reason for disaster to ruin your plans. Stay safe, and stay spooky this October. Happy Halloween!