Halloween will soon be here, with many children, teenagers, and adults ready to dress up and go trick or treating. While the holiday is fun, Halloween can also result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics has put together a safety checklist that can help keep you and your family safe this Halloween.
Costumes may seem harmless, but they can be one of the biggest risk factors in falls that result in injury. Bulky material, long lengths, masks, and props make traveling from house to house a bit cumbersome. Costumes should be hemmed to a safe length, preferably above the ankle to help avoid tripping accidents. Non-toxic face paint is a safe alternative to masks that can obstruct vision and limit peripheral sight. Swords, daggers, brooms, and fairy tale wands add the ultimate touch to a costume, but they should be made out of soft, flexible material to avoid injury.
It is often hard for cars to see children that may run out into the street or dart out between parked cars during evening hours. Reflective tape added to a costume and flashlights or glow sticks attached to treat bags or props can help keep children visible. Children and adults should refrain from cell phone use during trick or treating. Distracted drivers and pedestrians can be seriously injured when sidetracked by their phone.
Adult Supervision and Driver Safety
Children less than 12 years of age should always be accompanied by a parent or reliable adult. Tweens and teenagers should always travel in groups, making sure that they stay together. Parents need to caution older children to never enter a home or get into a car with a stranger, even if their friends think it’s safe. Parents can give their older child some independence by dropping them off at one end of the street and waiting for them at the opposite end. This way, the child will know where to go to seek help, if needed.
Adult chaperones that may be driving through residential neighborhoods need to be especially careful to avoid wrecks with another car or a pedestrian. Cell phones should be off and put away to avoid distraction. Obey local speed laws and pay close attention to areas where children are present. Special attention should be given to places with parked cars on the side of the road. Excited and impulsive children may dart out between cars as they run to keep up with their friends.
Inspect all candy and snack items and discard any with broken or damaged packaging. Look carefully at any fresh fruit for signs of tampering, and only allow children to eat baked goods that came from trusted sources. Small pieces of Halloween candy can be choking hazards to small children and should be avoided by those less than three years of age.
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