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Halloween Safety Tips

October 18, 2016

Posted in Injury Prevention

As you prepare to head out Halloween night with your little goblins, pint-sized pirates, and frilly fairies, here are a few safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to make sure everyone has fun and gets home safely.

All Dressed Up

  • Find costumes that are bright and reflective.
  • Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or contact with flame.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.

On the Trick-or-Treat Trail

  • Always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Take flashlights with fresh batteries for your children, friends and other chaperones.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
    • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
    • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
    • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. 

Healthy Halloween

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. A responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween.

For additional information on Halloween safety tips, visit https://www.aap.org

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