This year, Homestead Halloween safety tips need to include not just advice to avoid pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury, but also exposure to the COVID-19 virus. These tips will help keep you safer at this time of year:
1) Stay up to date: Some communities, such as Mariner’s Cove, are skipping door-to-door trick-or-treating and are encouraging in-car events to keep everyone safe. Biscayne Park has cancelled its “Spooktacular” event and is discouraging door-to-door trick or treating. Each community has its own rules, so check with local authorities about what is and is not allowed. You may also want to check out the CDC website for more guidance for a safe Halloween during these unprecedented times.
2) Social distance: If you’re putting out candy, leave out a bowl of candy or use tongs to hand out treats. Stay at least six feet away from trick-or-treaters away. If you’re going to a party, consider making a mask part of your costume if local authorities recommend face masks. Stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a cough or fever, or if you may have been exposed.
3) Focus on makeup: If you want to transform your face, avoid masks which cover your eyes or which reach your eyes. Use makeup, instead, as it will give you better visibility and allow you to avoid trip and fall accidents, bumping into objects, and other potential injuries.
4) Keep yourself visible: Use reflective tape and light-colored clothing to stay visible to motorists if you’re heading outdoors. If you are heading out with children to trick-or-treat, use flashlights to keep yourself visible to cars and to help you see in the dark.
5) Make your property safe: It’s fun to decorate your home for Halloween, but make sure there are no hazards on your property or you could be subject to a premises liability claim. Make sure that there are no small objects or dangling objects which pose a hazard to anyone visiting your property. Keep walkways, especially, clear. Avoid using strobe lights or bright lights which can distract drivers and potentially cause a collision.
6) Consider mobility: If you’re dressing up, do a dress rehearsal to make sure you can move easily and see clearly. Avoid costumes which restrict movement and put you at risk of falling.
7) Go with family: It is safest to go trick-or-treating with others in your household if you are heading out. If you are trick-or-treating with kids, going as a group allows you to have more than one adult to supervise all children at all times.
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