Halloween Safety Tips
By Dr. McCabe, with help from the AAP
Halloween is almost here! Here are some tips to help ensure that our kids have a safe and fun holiday.
- Plan costumes that are bright or reflective. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes or bags to ensure greater visibility
- make sure shoes are well-fitting and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with flame
- Masks can block eyesight. Consider costume make-up or decorative hats instead. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding into eyes.
- When shopping for costumes, look for labels indicating that they are flame resistant.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is part of your child’s costume, make sure they are not too long. A child could easily hurt himself if he trips on these items.
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their chaperones.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and prescription from an eye professional. Improperly fitting lenses can cause pain, inflammation, infection, and serious vision damage.
- Small children should never carve pumpkins. They can draw on pumpkins with markers; leave the carving to adults.
- Consider using a flashlight or glow-stick to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, votive candles are the safest.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a steady surface, away from curtains or any flammable objects. They should never be left unattended.
Trick or Treating!
- Young children should always be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult
- If older children are going alone, plan an acceptable route and a time they should return home.
- Carry a cell phone for quick communication. Teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or get lost
- Remain on well lit streets and always use sidewalks. If a sidewalk is unavailable, walk at the far edge of the road facing traffic. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Many motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops does not mean all will.
- A good meal prior to parties or trick or treating may help deter children from gorging on Halloween candy
- Postpone candy eating until children are home to sort and check treats. Tampering is rare, but a responsible adult should still closely examine all treats and throw away any that are unwrapped or suspicious
- Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.