Avoid Scary Halloween Injuries
Halloween will soon be here and amidst all the excitement and candy and parties, it’s a good time to prepare for a safe and fun Halloween!
Watch out for these top producers of injuries that land people in the hospital emergency room on Halloween:
- sharp objects causing eye injuries,
- flammable costumes catching fire and causing burns and
- motor vehicles colliding with trick-or-treaters and party goers.
Here are several tips for staying safe this Halloween:
- Wear flame-resistant items. Costumes, wigs and accessories should be made of flame-resistant fabrics and material. Candles and jack-o’-lanterns that glow on porches and walkways can ignite flammable costumes, especially baggy ones.
- Use flexible costume accessories and avoid masks. To minimize injuries from falls, select flexible props. Any swords, canes or sticks should not be sharp or too long. Masks impair vision, so encourage trick-or-treaters to dress up in hats and non-toxic makeup instead.
- Be visible to motorists. Along with bags or costumes outlined with reflective tape, carry a flashlight. This will make you and your kids more visible to motorists.
- Accompany children. Parents or other responsible adult should accompany children walking door-to-door, and ensure that trick or treating is confined to familiar areas. Stick to sidewalks, cross at corners and avoid darting from house to house. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
- Inspect candy. When trick-or-treaters arrive home, check their candy. Discard spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
Wishing you a fun and safe holiday,
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