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Premises liability for Halloween

When Connecticut homeowners think about Halloween, they may only think about what kind of candy to give to trick-or-treaters. However, the holiday also provides the opportunity for people to be hurt on your property. It is important to know what you can do to make your property safe for trick-or-treaters and other guests.

 Homeowners may initially think that they can be held liable for any injury which occurs on their property on Halloween. Insurance Journal says that you can only be held liable if three circumstances are all involved in an injury. Someone must have been actually harmed and something on the homeowner's property must have triggered the incident which caused the injury. If a child slips on his or her costume and incurs a sprained wrist, the homeowner usually is not liable. However, if a homeowner's costume frightens a child and makes the child leap back and fall down the stairs, the homeowner possibly would be considered liable for any injury the child incurs.

Homeowners must also be negligent to be liable for someone's injuries. If people are not expecting trick-or-treaters and thus keep their porch light off, they do not need to warn children about any hazards they might encounter. If homeowners have the light on for trick-or-treaters, these children have been invited onto the property. This means that people either need to make sure cracked sidewalks and other hazards are fixed or warn trick-or-treaters to watch their step.

There are a few steps homeowners can take to ensure no one is harmed on their property. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that homeowners hosting parties should make sure guests know there will be trick-or-treaters in the area so they can drive safely. Additionally, people should place lit jack o'lanterns out of a child's reach and keep their stairs and sidewalks clear. 

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