Halloween Costumes and Car Seat Safety

When you have small children, the hustle and bustle of Halloween can be a fun but busy affair. Getting them dressed and ready for school events, trick-or-treating, or Halloween parties can be tedious, which means the sooner you get them ready, the better…right? While it might seem like a good idea to have your child completely ready for Halloween before heading out, recent studies have shown Halloween costumes can actually pose a major threat to children if they ride in a car seat with their costumes on.

Much like the risks associated with bulky or oversized coats and car seats, some Halloween costumes can make your child’s car seat less effective. If the costume is large or too loose, the car seat’s harness won’t fit correctly and thus can’t offer as much protection in the event of an accident.

Halloween Safety

This is particularly jarring because Halloween happens to be one of the most dangerous holidays with regard to child safety. In fact, children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. So how can we keep children safe on this holiday that should be full of fun and treats? Follow our top Halloween safety tips below:

  1. Get children dressed into their costumes once they arrive safely at their destination rather than before you leave.
  2. Buy costumes that are flame resistant.
  3. Make sure your children can be seen, by using bright colors, glow sticks, or attaching something reflective to their costume.
  4. Avoid oversized or loose masks that block your child’s vision so they can see where they are going.
  5. Make sure your children stick to walking on sidewalks when possible.
  6. Encourage the buddy rule so your child is safer and can be accounted for.

Halloween Accidents

While you can take all the necessary steps to ensure your child’s safety, sometimes the negligence or recklessness of others can interfere. If you or a loved one find yourselves in an auto or pedestrian accident this holiday season, contact the personal injury lawyers at Liggett Law Group to see how we can help.