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Safer Costume Design Means a Safer Halloween

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 22, 2014

Halloween and fall festival parties top the list of favorite holidays for many Texas kids. Parents, caregivers and teachers can help make these holidays more fun and memorable for kids by keeping safety tips in mind.

Every year, experienced personal injury lawyers throughout Texas talk to families whose children have been injured due to a thoughtless or careless costume design. You can help reduce the risk of a costume-related injury for those you love by planning out costumes that are less likely to cause accidents. For example:

  • Choose a costume kids can move in. Have your child try on the costume before you buy. Can the child move freely? Does the costume allow the child to walk normally, without holding a long cape, billowing skirt or other item out of the way? Can the child wear his or her normal shoes with the outfit? If the costume has a mask, does it allow for full range of vision?
  • Check the tags. Children’s costumes should be made of flame-retardant material. Check the tags of ready-made and secondhand costumes. If you buy fabric or other items to make a costume, make sure these are flame-retardant as well.
  • Make it easy to see. Some costumes come equipped with reflective strips, glow in the dark decals or built-in lights. For those that don’t, add reflective strips to make the costume and its wearer easier to see. Give each person a flashlight so they can see and be seen as well.
  • Check accessories too. A Halloween ninja wouldn’t be the same without a sword, or a fairy without a magic wand. But make sure each person’s accessories are soft, short and flexible, so they don’t cause injury to their owner or to others.

If your child, God forbid, gets injured during Halloween, please contact The Law Office of WT Johnson for immediate legal assistance. You may be entitled to compensation for all related damages, including medical bills.

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