Halloween Safety Tips

Dr. Johnson

Dr. Johnson

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I enjoy taking my son trick-or-treating each year.  It is fun to see all the kids and sometimes their parents dressed up.  However, as adults we have to remember to keep safety first.  On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.  We all play a part in making trick-or-treating fun and safe!

For Parents: Pick a safe costume

  • Flame resistant
  • Comfortable and appropriately fitting shoes and costume so they won’t trip.
  • Props that are soft and flexible so won’t cause injury if fallen on.
  • Face painting is preferred to masks, since masks can obstruct vision. If using a face mask, make sure there are large eye holes. Test make-up on small area first and remove before bedtime to prevent skin irritation.
  • Add reflective tape on costume and treat bags, and carry glowsticks and flashlights.
  • Bring cell phone and flashlight.
  • Young children should be with an adult.
  • Older children should go with at least 2 other children.  They should have a planned route and time to be home (wear a watch).  Discuss safety prior to them leaving.

Trick or treat safely:

  • Only go to homes with lights on.
  • Do not enter the home.
  • Do not take candy from cars.
  • Follow traffic safety – cross at corners.  Walk on sidewalks or the left side of the road facing traffic when a sidewalk is not available.  Don’t cut across yards.

Eat dinner prior to trick-or-treating to prevent over consumption of candy. Parents should inspect candy prior to consumption, tampering is rare but any candy that is not in original wrapping should be discarded.  Avoid homemade treats unless cooked by someone you know well.

Home Owners:

  • Make sure driveway, walkway, and yard are free of obstructions – plants, decorations, hoses, dog leashes, flower pots.
  • Keep jack-o-lanterns and luminaries away from path to prevent fires. Consider using non-flame candles.
  • Offer non-candy treats – stickers, temporary tattoos, plastic rings, raisins, fruit rolls, crackers.
  • Keep pets away – they get frightened and can inadvertently bite or jump on trick or treaters.

Drivers:

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Slowly and carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive with your headlights on, so you can spot children from greater distances. Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.

I hope you have a fun and safe time trick-or-treating.  Happy Halloween!

Dr. Dana Johnson
Pediatrician
Meriter McKee
607.417.8388
meriterkids.com

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