Although it is known to be a scary holiday, Halloween is not necessarily known to be dangerous. However, your child may face some risks as they go door-to-door to trick-or-treat. So, as a homeowner and as a parent, you must take the appropriate actions to prevent any accidents or injuries from occurring. Follow along to find out what safety tips you should follow this Halloween and how a proficient Morris County, New Jersey slip and fall lawyer at the Macri Law Firm can work on your behalf in the unfortunate event of an accident or injury.
What are safety tips homeowners should follow this Halloween?
As a homeowner, you will almost always encounter trick-or-treaters entering your property on Halloween. So to properly prepare for this, you must be sure that your front yard, walkway, and steps have sufficient lighting. Meaning, you must substitute your burnt-out bulbs in your exterior lights, along with adding more exterior lights where needed.
In addition, you must be sure your property is clear of any mess. Meaning, you must place your Halloween decorations securely down or in a space away from your walkway and steps. And if you have jack-o-lanterns then use a battery-powered source or light sticks that will not be a fire hazard.
Also, you must keep your pets inside your home, preferably in a kennel. The last thing you want is for them to run out into traffic or bite a trick-or-treater.
A clever way to indicate that you are not home at the time of trick-or-treating is by turning off all exterior and interior lights. This will dissuade trick-or-treaters from entering your property while you are not there to supervise.
What are safety tips that parents should follow this Halloween?
Evidently, as a parent, it is important that you supervise your child while they are trick-or-treating. But if they still endure a slip and fall accident due to the fault of a homeowner, then you must file a lawsuit. For your lawsuit, you must prove the following as true:
- The homeowner knew or should have reasonably known about the hazards on their property.
- The homeowner did not fix the hazards on their property in a timely fashion.
- Your child endured injuries and damages as a result of these hazards.
And to prove the above as true, you must collect the following pieces of evidence:
- The police report.
- The photos and videos of your child’s injuries, damages, and hazards.
- The contact information of the homeowner and any witnesses.
- The medical documents that state the date, time, and seriousness of your child’s injuries.
In the state of New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a slip and fall injury claim is usually two years from the date of your child’s accident. So, you must take immediate action and call a talented Parsippany, New Jersey personal injury lawyer today.