Parents who follow a few safety precautions on Halloween can help protect their kids from preventable injuries caused by car accidents, fires, slip and falls, and unsafe treats.
Inspecting the Treats
Parents should screen their child’s loot bag for foods that may cause allergic reactions, choking hazards, and items that may have been tampered with or are not commercially wrapped.
Illuminating the Child
Children are twice as likely to be killed in pedestrian-involved accidents between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM on Halloween than during that same period any other evening of the year. Affixing reflective strips, flashers, and other devices to children’s costumes before they head out trick or treating will make it easier for motorists to see them as they drive past.
Slips, trips, and falls are common causes of childhood injuries on Halloween. Parents should make sure their children’s costumes do not pose trip hazards or feature loose sleeves or flowing material that can become caught on decorations, railings, or bushes. Children should not wear masks, wigs, or other accessories that obscure their vision as they walk.
Using Fog Machines Outside
Fog machines should be used outside and in well-ventilated areas. This helps protect people from allergic reactions or poisoning. Further, it also helps ensure that the spooky effect doesn’t reduce visibility to unsafe levels which can lead to slips and falls.
Protecting Children (and Property) from Fire Hazards
Halloween decorations are a common cause of fires that cause burn injuries. Candles are responsible for nearly 41% of these fires. The easiest way to protect children from injuries is to leave the candles in the box this year. Parents who chose to decorate with candles should make sure they are placed out of the reach of children and that they are on a stable surface away from flammable materials such as curtains or other decorations. Additionally, kids’ costumes should be made with flame-resistant materials to reduce the risk of burn injuries.
Trick or Treating with Young Children
One of the best things parents can do to protect their children on Halloween is to walk alongside them as they trick or treat. This will make it easier to monitor them as they explore the neighborhood and correct unsafe behaviors such as running in the street or eating unscreened candy before a fatal accident can occur.