Tips and Tricks to Stay Safe this Halloween
It’s finally the time of year where costumes, candy, and creepy decorations are everywhere. For many kids, Halloween is one of the best nights of the year – getting to dress up as their favorite character, go trick-or-treating with friends, and eat some of their favorite sweets. While the spooky season is an exciting time for everyone, what’s really spooky is that according to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than any other day of the year.
Luckily, there are ways to make sure that you and your kids stay safe this Halloween.
Tips to prevent motor-vehicle injuries if you’re walking:
- If children are out after dark, add reflective tape to their costumes and bags, and give them glow sticks or flashlights to make them more visible.
- Use crosswalks, and look both ways before crossing the street.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths.
- Travel in familiar and well-lit areas.
- A responsible adult should accompany younger children at all times.
- Make sure your child’s costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose non-toxic Halloween makeup over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.
- If your older children are going alone, plan a route together that is acceptable to you.
Tips to prevent motor-vehicle injuries if you’re driving:
- Keep your phone away while driving. A single distraction could end in a tragedy.
- Slow down and be extra alert when driving in residential areas.
- Pull out and into driveways slowly and cautiously.
- Make sure your headlights are on.
Additional tips for general safety:
- Make sure all costume materials are fire-resistant.
- If buying Halloween makeup, test it in a small area on the arm or back first for irritation.
- Ask kids to wait to eat any candy until they’re home, just in case of any allergies.
Practicing these recommendations is the best approach to protect your child during Halloween.
For more information about Halloween Safety, visit www.healthychildren.org. You can also view the CDC guidelines or contact the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, a program of the Children’s Trust, at 305-243-9080 or online at www.injuryfreemiami.org. Have a fun and safe Halloween.
Written by Laila Elias, M.D./M.P.H. candidate with Julie Belkowitz, M.D., M.P.H., Lyse Deus, and Oneith Cadiz, M.D.
Originally published on: October 21, 2021