Safety Tips for Halloween

Halloween is approaching and this is a fun time for many children and their families! Here are some important safety tips to ensure that everyone has a good time.

Costumes:

  • Increase VISIBILITY! The brighter the better! Use reflective tape on costumes and bags.
  • Make sure costumes fit well. They should be short enough to prevent tripping. Avoid oversized shoes and high heels.  Falls are a leading cause of injury in children at Halloween!
  • Ensure costumes are flame-resistant
  • Keep your child warm!! Buy loose fitting costumes so that kids can wear layers underneath.
  • Avoid masks that can limit vision. Use face paint instead!
  • Avoid decorative lenses – these can be very irritating to the eyes
  • Use costume swords/sticks that are flexible and not rigid to avoid injury

Trick or Treating:

  • Use a flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • An adult should always accompany young children
  • Establish a curfew and designated route for older children – walk in groups!
  • Only go to homes that are well lit. Never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Stay on well lit street sidewalks
  • Use crosswalks or cross at street corners. **Keep in mind that the number of deaths among young pedestrians is 4x higher on Halloween evening compared with all other evenings of the year. Ensure your children practice safe street crossing!
  • Always walk, do not run!
  • If possible, allow your child to carry a cell phone in case they get lost.

Treats:

  • Having a good meal prior to trick or treating will discourage children from filling up on treats
  • Wait until you are home to sort through treats. Throw away any unwrapped or homemade items.
  • Ration treats for the days after Halloween.

Your Home:

  • Consider non-food treats to distribute such as stickers, colouring books, pens, and pencils
  • Keep your pet in a safe place where they won’t be scared by visitors and noises at your door

Pumpkins:

  • Leave the carving to adults – Allow kids to use markers to draw on the pumpkins instead!
  • Use a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light the pumpkin.
  • If you choose to use a candle, place pumpkins away from flammable objects on a flat, steady surface
  • Do not leave lit pumpkins unattended

Have a happy and SPOOOOOOKY Halloween!!!!



Categories: Ask A Pediatrician, Parenting, Safety

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