5 Halloween Safety Tips
Oct 30, 2017 Accidents and Injuries
Halloween is a holiday that kids and adults of all ages look forward to. Whether it’s the scary movies, the ability to dress up as someone or something else, or all of the candy, Halloween is a fun time to kick back and enjoy the fall. Follow these tips to help reduce the risk of turning a fun evening of trick-or-treating into an evening at the hospital because of an injury:
- Carry a Flashlight – residential streets can be very dark at night. If you are out trick or treating, carry a flashlight to help warn motorists and drivers that you are on the road. Additionally, flashlights help to illuminate your walking path and prevent tripping over sidewalk cracks or other debris.
- Pay Attention to Decorations – homeowners should be mindful of their decorations and keep walkways clear for visitors by taping down wires and cords and limiting the use of fog machines and strobe lights. Also, flames and costumes don’t mix. Try using flameless candles to light up your jack-o-lanterns.
- Use Reflective Tape – although drivers should be alert and aware to look out for pedestrians, unfortunately, accidents happen when drivers cannot see children or when they are distracted or impaired by alcohol and strike pedestrians. Reflective gear helps kids remain as visible as possible when out trick or treating.
- Inspect Candy – the threat of evil neighbors intentionally handing out poison or other hazardous items is all but non-existent. However, parents should always inspect candy to be sure the treats are sealed, age appropriate and safe from allergies.
- Keep Pets Inside – even the nicest dog can get spooked by all the unusual activity associated with Halloween, such as loud weird noises, energetic kids, and costumes. Keep your pets indoors to prevent your dog from biting or jumping on a visitor.
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