Have you ever considered the dangers of Halloween and parties? Halloween festivities can be full of fun and spookiness, but they can also be seriously scary. Halloween fall accidents sound like pranks, but they can seriously injure or even kill you. When you’re out this Halloween night, use the knowledge in this blog to help keep yourself safe.
Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents During the Halloween Season
Slip-and-fall accidents are particularly common around Halloween because so many people are in public places at night. Here are some of the most common causes of these accidents:
- Alcohol: Alcohol impairs judgment and coordination, leading to accidents such as falls. The CDC estimates that about one in four injuries related to alcohol happens after dark when people have been drinking at parties or bars.
- Spills: Many slippery floors, including food, liquid soap, oil or grease, and ice melt chemicals. If you spill something on the floor where other people walk, you should clean it up immediately, so no one slips on it.
- Costumes: Costumes can make you look cool, but they can also make it difficult to see if there is something on the floor that might cause you to trip or fall. You should always walk carefully while wearing a costume, so you don’t trip over anything.
- Holes in the carpeting or flooring: If you’ve been using your home trick or treating for years, it may be time for new carpeting or an entire floor replacement.
- Water on the floor: Water can be poured on the floor to simulate blood, but sometimes it misses its mark and lands on your feet instead.
- Inadequate lighting: One of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents on Halloween is inadequate lighting. You may notice that many people wear dark clothing or masks to hide their identity during this celebration. That makes it even more difficult to see where they are going or what is in front of them. If an obstacle, such as a crack or hole, appears on the sidewalk, it may not be visible until it is too late.
Tips to Avoid Slip and Fall Accidents on Halloween
Halloween is a fun holiday that all can enjoy. However, it is important to take the necessary precautions so that you and your family can enjoy Halloween without any injuries.
Here are some tips to avoid slip and fall accidents on Halloween:
- Trick-or-treat in well-lit areas: Children should always wear reflective or lighted costumes when trick-or-treating at night. Make sure they carry flashlights or glow sticks with them as well.
- Make sure that your costume is not too long or heavy: You will have difficulty walking and may trip over something in the dark if your costume is too large or bulky. Also, ensure that it does not drag on the floor, so you don’t trip over it when moving quickly.
- Be aware of what’s happening around you when you’re out on Halloween night: It may be difficult for pedestrians to see each other in dark costumes and with low visibility from fog machines at parties and events where costumes are worn. Stay alert so that you don’t get injured by another pedestrian looking for candy.
- Clear pathways: Remove any items from your walkways that could cause someone to trip or slip. Put away decorations and ensure no food wrappers or trash is on the ground.
- Keep sidewalks dry and clean: Make sure your sidewalks are clear of debris and water before leaving your home so trick-or-treaters can walk safely without slipping or falling.
What to Do if you Slip and Fall Because of Unsafe Premises?
Whether you were injured at someone else’s home, or while visiting a commercial property, we urge you to contact a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from Ace Law Group.
Property owners and lessees are responsible for maintaining their grounds and keeping them free from hazards. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the property owner. An attorney can investigate the scene of the incident and determine whether or not there was anything that could have been done to prevent it from happening.
Call our office today at 702-333-4223, to discuss the details of your case in a free consultation!