Unless you have exceptional legal representation, you’ll want your home, walkway and yard to provide a safe zone for trick-or-treaters this Halloween. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say kids are four times more susceptible to pedestrian/car fatalities on October 31. But for your sake, consider the risk of injury during the traditional punkin’ carving escapade or how adults and youngsters alike can trip over hidden objects on your lawn (like unsafe sprinkler heads).
Avert ugly kinder-kindling
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns that “candlelit jack-o’-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.” Poor porch and step lighting can contribute to injurious falls by unsuspecting, excited kids. The CPSC recommends you use battery-operated flameless candles in jack-o’-lanterns.
Kids and cutlery don’t mix
Sure, it’s fun to get the kids armed to the teeth with serrated blades and carving knives and let them butcher the pumpkins. But it’s much less fun to take a child (along with their severed thumb in a towel) to the emergency room. Let the little ones draw a face on the squash and then YOU handle the carving.
Halloween designs that kill
Sure, this crunch-o-witch looks fabulous by day. By night, imagine a wind-aided falling broomstick that impales itself into a crowd of children on your lawn. Break out the attorney retainer. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly suggests that for safety’s sake, you roll up your garden hoses, sweep wet leaves from your walks and driveways, and put all your barking and biting pets indoors for the night.