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Liability concerns that homeowners have on Halloween

While Halloween can be fun for the children, it can raise a lot of safety concerns for homeowners in New York. Inviting trick-or-treaters to one's home brings with it the responsibility to keep them safe. Homeowners should keep their pathways well-lit and provide warnings for slippery steps and other hazards. Slips and falls are all too common on properties.

Skateboarding injuries and premises liability

In New York, as in many states, there are laws that prohibit skateboarding in specific areas, because it is a nuisance or because it is dangerous. Over 25,000 people go to emergency rooms nationwide each year with injuries related to skateboarding, and almost three-fifths of the injuries are to people under the age of 15. In many cases, the owner of the property on which the injury occurred may be liable for damages. This is part of the reason state and local governments pass laws prohibiting skateboarding; they may be liable for injuries on public property.

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