Halloween Safety Tips

Ding-dong. Trick-or-treat! BOO! It’s that time of year again when black cats cross the road and ghosts come out to play. Share these tips with your children and keep them safe this Halloween.

 

Always travel in groups:

  • Travel together and stay with an adult (older kids should be checked on periodically)
  • Look both ways before crossing the street
  • Don’t enter anyone’s home without parent permission
  • Trick-or-treat in well-lit, safe areas
  • Try trick-or-treating at a local mall or community center

 

Beware of hazards:

  • Be alert. Cars, motorcycles, and bicycles may not see small trick-or-treaters in the dark
  • Do not eat homemade treats made with unknown ingredients or made by someone you do not know well
  • Agree on a safe meeting place in case you become separated from your group
  • Remember to limit the amount of candy you consume — too much candy leads to cavities and extra pounds

 

Parents, be sure to remember these tips while you prepare for this spooky holiday!

 

Costume safety check:

  • Flame resistant material is a great idea
  • Make sure the costume has no loose ends to trip over
  • Don’t block vision with masks or facial coverings
  • Test makeup for allergic reactions
  • Include reflectors and flashlights as part of the costume
  • Use soft, flexible weapons and accessories

 

Decorate in safety and style:

  • Use appropriate lighting and electrical fixtures indoors and out
  • Remove tripping hazards when using strobe lights, fog, or dry ice
  • Use flameless candles instead of real fire
  • Remember that you will have some young trick-or-treaters, so turn off or cover your scariest decorations when necessary

 

Eat and enjoy your treats safely:

  • Inspect your children’s candy before they eat it
  • Provide healthy snacks at home in addition to newly gathered candy
  • Limit candy to a small amount per day

 

Everyone at Medical Center Arlington wishes you a safe, fun, healthy, and happy Halloween this year! We hope we don’t see you in the Emergency Room, but we’re here if you need us.

 

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