Halloween Safety Tips
Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not
when it comes to children’s safety.
On average, the number
of pedestrian-related fatalities among children is doubled on Halloween
compared to any other night of the year, according to Safe Kids.
"This Halloween falls on a
Saturday, which will result in children staying out later and offer more opportunity
for injury,” says Luly Beckles, pediatric injury
prevention coordinator at Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center. “It’s
important for parents to be aware of possible dangers that can arise from
costumes, cars and open flames. Parents can also educate themselves on how to
maintain a happy medium for children despite the candy temptation that
surrounds this holiday."
For a trick-free night, Beckles
offers these safety tips from the American
Academy of Pediatrics.
On the trick-or-treat trail
- Select costumes that are bright and reflective. Consider
adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for
greater visibility by others driving through the neighborhood. Make sure
children and their escorts have a flashlight with fresh batteries.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, purchase only
those with labels clearly indicating they are flame resistant. Masks can limit
or block eyesight; consider non-toxic makeup as a safer alternative.
- Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to
prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flames.
- If a sword, cane or stick is a part of a child's costume,
make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these
accessories if they stumble or trip.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye
examination and a prescription from an eye care professional.
trick-or-treaters or party guests?
- Be sure walking areas
and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
- Keep candle-lit pumpkins and luminaries away from doorsteps,
walkways, landings and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables and keep them out
of the reach of small children and pets.
- Speaking of pets, keep them safely restrained so they do not
jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
Healthy Halloween options
to trick-or-treating, serve a healthy meal so children aren’t as hungry when
their candy collection starts piling up.
- Know how much candy your child has collected and avoid
storage in his/her bedroom.
children eat only factory-wrapped treats. Examine all goodies for choking hazards or any signs of tampering before giving your child free reign of the look.
- Provide healthy options for
trick-or-treaters such as small boxes of raisins or sugar-free candy and offer non-food treats such as
stickers, bubbles or small games. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables and