What Precautions Should a Homeowner Take on Halloween?

If you are a part of trick-or-treating or you are handing candy out to excited children, making Halloween accident-free is important. Continue reading to learn about how homeowners can keep their property safe and contact our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys today.

How can a homeowner ensure their property is safe on Halloween?

It is important to be cautious this Halloween and make sure that your property is clear of all hazards and reasonable precautions are taken to ensure that everyone is safe. Below are some tips you can take to be sure your property will be accident-free:

  • Ensure the walkway leading up to your porch is adequately lit so children can clearly see their way to the door.
  • Do not put Halloween decorations in places where they pose serious tripping hazards in walkways.
  • If you have jack-o-lanterns with candles, do not leave them in the walkway, because they could start a fire.
  • Make sure that your steps are stable, not defective, and cleared of all potential tripping hazards, such as decorations, flower pots, and more.
  • Keep pets in other rooms, especially if they are aggressive or violent in any way.

How do I know if I have a valid premises liability claim?

If your child was injured due to a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To pursue legal action, there are many steps that you will need to take. First, you should hire the services of a seasoned premises liability attorney that can prove that your child was directly injured as a result of a homeowner’s negligence. It will also be beneficial to use other types of evidence including photos and videos of the safety hazard, medical documents detailing the extent and origin of your child’s injuries, police reports of the incident, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, there is a statute of limitations of two years for most personal injury claims. This means that you must ensure that you file your premises liability claim as soon as possible to ensure that you can receive the compensation you deserve. Personal injury claims are time-sensitive, do not wait to reach out to our firm today to ensure that you are promptly meeting your deadlines.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today. 

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