Put safety first this Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching.  It’s a time of year – with the cold, crisp feel in the air – that are children fill with excitement as they prepare to go “trick-or-treating.” The costumes, the candy, the fun and the excitement all build as children prepare for the big day.

Halloween is a fun time to dress up, but be safe.  Photo by Leah M.

Caregivers of children may be a little apprehensive preparing for their children to be safe during the holiday event.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)  has prepared some safety tips that will make this holiday, safe, happy and fun for both parents and children. They include:

  • Minimize the use of masks as these make it difficult to see and can be a tripping hazard.
  • Have your children wear bright costumes so they are easy to see as they walk down the street.
  • Adults should accompany children to all homes.
  • Add reflective tape or blinking lights to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Instead of masks, consider wearing hats that fit your child’s costume theme.  Make sure the hat fits properly so it won’t slip over your child’s eyes.
  • Purchase costumes, wigs and accessories that are flame resistant.
  • If you are using a sword, stick or wand as part of your costume, make sure items are not too big.  You want to avoid children from tripping on these items.
  • Review how to dial 9-1-1 with your children. This will be important if they have an emergency or become lost.
  • Never enter a car or home for a treat. Make sure you go to homes that are well lit or where you know the owners.

Pedestrian injuries are the most common injury to children on Halloween, so remind Trick-or-Treaters:

  • To walk and take your time going from house to house. Avoid cutting across yards or using alleys.
  • Stay on streets that are well-lit and use the sidewalk when possible. If there is no sidewalk, walk at the far edge of roadway facing traffic.
  • Plan a good meal before going out.  This will help discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats before you can inspect them.
  • Remind children to wait until they are home to sort and check treats. Tampering with treats is rare, but a responsible adult should closely check all treats. Throw away any that have rips or appear to have been tampered with.
  • Ration treats after the Halloween outing.  Moderation is key!

Halloween is a great day to dress in costumes and have fun Trick-or Treating but remember the above tips to stay safe and keep your holiday healthy and happy.

 

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