Top Tips to Avoid Injury to Children This Halloween

By : Patrick C. Barry - Oct 27th, 2015

Halloween is a time of fun and excitement for kids and grown-ups alike.  With appropriate care and attention, everyone involved can have a good time and end their night safe and sound.  Statistics tell us, however, that Halloween presents some special safety risks, especially to children.

For instance, in 2013, Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, published statistics from the CDC showing that, on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than other days of the year. An October 2011 publication by Safe Kids Worldwide compiled a number of other interesting findings.  For example, while the fear of poisoned or tampered treats seems to persist, the actual incidence rate is very small.  Conversely, other causes of injury, including falls and dangerous costumes, remain somewhat overlooked. Click here for further information.

None of this should stop participation in trick-or-treating or Halloween parties; such events are long-held American traditions, practiced on a favorite holiday for many people.  The key, of course, is to act reasonably and responsibly, whether you are looking out for your own kids or those who may come to your house. Please see our “Halloween Safety Tips” to help ensure a safe and happy Halloween!

DDB Halloween Safety Tips_2015



Patrick C. Barry

Patrick Barry is an accomplished trial lawyer and public safety advocate. He is a past President of the Rhode Island Association for Justice, an organization of approximately 400 civil justice lawyers, and a former Governor of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Barry also served as a public member of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, the licensing board for all physicians in the state, from 2005 to 2013. Read full bio.
Oct 27th, 2015|