Halloween Safety Tips to Follow
It’s that time of the year when kids are excited about dressing up in costumes and going trick or treating. Although Halloween is a great time for make-believe fun, it can also bring a number of safety risks, especially when kids are out darting house-to-house in search of more candy. Their mind isn’t focused on the risks around them, so it’s extremely important to talk with children about the safety concerns that are unique to this holiday and be sure to review the do’s and don’ts with them before they go out trick or treating. Here are some tips to keep your children safe this ghostly season.
When it’s time to start carving the Halloween pumpkins, be sure to leave the carving to an adult. If you have small children, instead of carving, consider letting them decorate the pumpkins with various art supplies. If candles are put in your jack-o-lanterns, be sure to place the pumpkin on a sturdy surface and never leave candlelit pumpkins unattended. A great alternative is to use battery operated candles or glow sticks.
Whether they prefer superheroes or princesses, the costume is an important part of the Halloween fun, but it is also important to follow safety rules when choosing costumes. Follow these tips to ensure are costumes are safe:
- Make sure the costume fits correctly. It should be loose enough to wear warm clothing underneath, but it shouldn’t be so long that there is a risk of tripping. It’s also best to avoid high heels and oversized shoes.
- Whether you make the costume or buy one, choose flame-retardant materials and bright colors. If trick or treating occurs after dark, adhere a few pieces of reflective tape to the costume and their treat bag.
- Masks can obstruct children’s vision, especially if it slides over their eyes. Instead of masks, consider using non-toxic makeup.
Safe Trick or Treating
Why let the kids have all the fun? Accompanying young trick or treaters will allow you to get in on the fun while ensuring the kids are safe. Some other things to ensure safety include:
- Make sure kids understand the safety rules before leaving, including staying with a group, carrying a cell phone and only walking on the sidewalk.
- Inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat it
- Ration the treats by only allowing a few pieces each day
If you will be home handing out treats, make sure to leave a porch light on. Also, make sure that the pathways to your door are free from debris, such as leaves that may lead to tripping and falling. If you have pets that get frightened from all of the visitors, be sure to keep them away from the door. When choosing the treats to hand out, consider handing out stickers, rubber insects, plastic rings or sugar-free fruit snacks.
Enjoy the Halloween season! If you do have a medical emergency on Halloween night, we’ll be here at PrimeCare Urgent Care to help.