Halloween should be a fun time for children and adults alike. However, there is potential for danger.
On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. We wanted to provide some reminders about Halloween safety and pass along some tips for making the most out a festive holiday.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a good resource for tips on keeping your family safe on Halloween. To highlight a few:
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
- To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
There are a number of safety resources on poison control, safe driving, proper costumes and pet safety. Check out the Halloween safety information from these helpful sites:
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