BATON ROUGE, LA – Trick or treating should be fun for everyone, but
Halloween injuries can be a real scare. Attorney General Jeff Landry reminds families
to observe a few simple safeguards to ensure your monsters, goblins, and
super-heroes remain safe this Halloween.
“It is a scary fact, but children are more than twice as likely to be
killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than at any other time of the
year,” said General Landry. “It is imperative that parents and guardians be
extra vigilant and take the appropriate precautions to make certain your child
remains out of harm’s way.”
To help make Halloween festivities a trick-free treat, General Landry
offers the following safety tips:
trick-or-treating alone; walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
• Only visit well-lit
houses. Do not stop at dark houses.
• Buy costumes and
wigs labeled “flame resistant” and avoid baggy clothing near a flame.
• Be cautious with
face paint – much of it is not FDA-approved and could trigger allergic
• Never use decorative
contact lenses as they can result in severe eye infections.
• Accessories such as
swords or knives should be made of soft and flexible materials.
• Carry a flashlight
and fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
• Walk safely by
crossing the street at corners and using traffic signals and crosswalks.
• Never accept rides
General Landry also urges motorists to eliminate any distractions and
keep their eyes on the road.
For more safety tips, call Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Consumer
Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889 or visit www.AGJeffLandry.com.