Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips: Keeping Little Ghouls and Goblins Safe This Halloween!
Posted Monday, October 29, 2012
Halloween is known as a kid-favorite holiday, full of spooky fun and
lots of candy. However, it can also present many opportunities for
injury, as children take to the streets in pursuit of trick-or-treating
goodies. The Injury
Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital is urging families
to stay safe this holiday.
“Pedestrian injuries are the most common type of Halloween injury,” said
Dina Morrissey, M.D., M.P.H., program coordinator for the Injury
Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “There are four to five
times more pedestrian fatalities on Halloween versus the average for the
rest of the year.”
Other common Halloween injuries are trips and falls from costumes that
are too big or obstruct sight; burns from highly-flammable costumes; and
cuts while carving pumpkins. Morrissey advises that parental supervision
can help to avoid all of these types of injuries.
The Injury Prevention Center offers the following tips for Halloween
When selecting a costume for children:
Make sure the costume fits properly – not too long that the
child could trip.
Try to avoid masks because they can obstruct a child’s view.
Consider face paint instead.
Bright colors will make children more visible.
Use reflective tape or other reflective devices to make children
While out trick-or-treating:
Young children should always have adult supervision.
Parents should plan out the trick-or-treating route – best to
stay on well lit roads with sidewalks.
Bring a flashlight and cell phone with you.
Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks (where they exist),
and do not cross between parked cars.
Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before
Remind children to look left, right, and left again before
crossing the street.
Tampering with candy is very rare; however, it is a good idea to
inspect candy before letting children dig in. Throw out anything
that is not wrapped or that looks suspicious.
When carving pumpkins:
Carve pumpkins on stable, flat surfaces with good lighting.
Have children draw a face on the outside of the pumpkin, then
let an adult do the cutting.
Place lighted pumpkins away from curtains and other flammable
objects, and do not leave lit pumpkins unattended.
“Halloween safety is the responsibility of everyone, not just the
parents taking children trick-or-treating,” added Morrissey. “Anyone
driving on Halloween needs to remember to drive slowly, be vigilant and
use lights and turn signals at all times.”
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