Halloween is a time to dress up and have fun with friends, but it’s also the number one day of the year for childhood injuries. Many Halloween-related injuries can be prevented by following these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Safety Council:
• Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid walking across yards.
• Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks and do not cross between parked cars.
• Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame resistant.
• Use face paint instead of masks.
• Avoid wearing long, baggy or loose costumes or oversized shoes to prevent tripping.
• Travel in small groups with an adult.
• Go only to well-lit houses and do not ever enter the house.
• Carry a cell phone and know how to call 911.
• Adults should inspect candy before letting kids eat it. Discard any unwrapped candy or open containers. Do not eat any unwrapped candy.
• Use flexible costume knives and swords.
• Motorists should remember to drive slowly and watch for children in the street.
• When carving pumpkins, have the children draw a face on the pumpkin and have an adult do the carving.
• Place lit pumpkins away from curtains and do not leave lit pumpkins unattended.
Seem reasonable? Yes, but these helpful reminders for your kids are very necessary. Remember, kids are very excited and will not always look out for their own well-being.
Everyone, have a SAFE and SPOOKY Halloweeen!!!!