Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for kids of all ages. Whether it’s trick-or-treating, eating yummy treats, dressing up in costumes, or going to Halloween parties, this time of the year is fun for everyone! But with all the fun Halloween has to offer, there are some major safety concerns everyone should be aware of.
Injuries During Halloween
Surprisingly enough, injuries can be quite common during Halloween. Many different parts to costumes may cause a child or adult to trip over them, like a cape or long dress. Also, due to trick-or-treating going to the early evening, the darker lighting may make it difficult for you or your child to properly see where you're going. Another cause of falling accidents include slipping on fallen leaves. A common problem during the fall season, leaves can be a hazard that result in injuries such sprained ankles, back injuries, or head injuries.
Making Sure Your Costume Is Safe
It is important that all costumes bought, including wigs and accessories, are fire-resistant.
Masks should be avoided since they obstruct vision.
Non-toxic makeup, face paint, and hats are a safer alternative to masks. Make sure hats fit properly and do not block vision. Test make-up and face paint on a small patch of skin before application to avoid irritation or allergic reactions.
For greater visibility and to help drivers see you, consider costumes that are bright and reflective.
Make sure that swords, canes, or sticks that come costumes are not sharp and are short and flexible. Sharp items can easily hurt your child if they trip or fall.
To prevent trips and falls, costumes must be the right size.
Adults should always accompany young children around the neighborhood.
Children over 12 should plan and review a route and return home at a specific time that you allow.
Children should be taught to never enter a stranger’s home or vehicle and only go to homes that have a light on.
It is always safer to travel in groups and sticking with friends.
Remember to put down electronic devices, always be aware of your surroundings, do not run, always check the street both ways before crossing and use crosswalks.
Since motorists have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters, do not assume the right of way.
It is important to always walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing the traffic and to the far edge of the road as possible.
Be careful around cars that are turning or backing up. Children should be advised to not rush out into the street or cross in the middle of parked cars.
Always carry a cellphone with you for emergencies and quick communication.
Teach your children to dial 9-1-1 if they are in danger or have an emergency.
Treats or Trick?
As tempting as it is, children should not eat any treats they receive while trick-or-treating. While rare, candy tampering could occur, and it is important to teach your children about food safety.
Children should know not to accept, especially eat any treats that have not been commercially wrapped.
Commercially wrapped treats should be inspected for unusual appearance, discoloration, tiny pinholes, or wrapper tears.
Any treats or candy that looks suspicious should be thrown out.
Homemade treats by strangers should not be eaten at all costs to prevent allergic reactions and ensure the safety of your child.
If your child suffers from a certain allergy, check the labels to make sure that the allergen is not present.
Check for small toys and treats, such as gum, peanuts, and hard candies which could be a choking hazard to very young children.
Make sure that you read and go over these Halloween safety tips with your children to make sure they stay safe during this fun time of the year!