Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior partner
Although we have previously written a number of safety articles regarding Halloween safety, the number of possible situations for accidents is practically endless. A recent media release by the CPSC summarizes some important considerations for parents about costumes, treats, and decorations. We are reproducing the CPSC publication in its entirety for our readers:
“WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants parents of trick-or-treaters to know that there is nothing scary about preventing Halloween-related injuries. By taking a few simple safety precautions when selecting costumes and Halloween decorations, consumers can prevent burn, fall and laceration injuries.
Parents who make their kids’ costumes can send off their little ghosts, goblins and superheroes safely by using inherently flame-resistant fabrics, such as polyester and nylon. These materials will resist burning if exposed to an open flame. When purchasing a costume, look for “Flame Resistant” on the product’s tag or packaging
Lighting the night also is made safer when children have no access to open flames. Flameless candles, light sticks and flashlights provide a safe lighting alternative in jack-o’-lanterns and areas where children will have access.
“Uncovering Halloween’s hidden dangers is simple with CPSC’s safety steps,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Thoughtful costume selection, care with candles and careful placement of decorations and lighting will help ensure your Halloween is safe and enjoyable.”
In addition to providing safety tips, the CPSC works to keep children and families safe during the holiday celebration by enforcing the Flammable Fabrics Act and recalling hazardous costumes and products at Halloween and throughout the year.
Make this year’s holiday a safe one by following these safety tips on costumes, treats and decorations:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.”
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
I have four children, who love Halloween, as most kids and parent do. We are one of those families that deck the house with all kinds of decorations to really get into the spirit of the holiday. However, my wife and I spend time with our kids every year, teaching them how to be careful as they “trick or treat” throughout our community. We are also very careful to take precautions with our decorations to be sure we put safety over fun. There is nothing fun about a tragedy.
Happy Halloween, and please be safe.
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Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including premises liability, automobile accident, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Law and Politics (2011 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)– national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.