Halloween Safety Tips

 


Halloween Safety TipsHalloween is a magical time for children. Unfortunately, it is also fraught with serious dangers that can have life-long consequences. To make sure your child enjoys a safe, healthy holiday, consider the following tips for safer trick or treating.

Safety Tips for Trick or Treating

• Be sure to cross every street at the corners, using crosswalks and traffic lights.
• Before crossing, look left first, then right, and the left again.
• Do not wear earbuds or look at your smartphone while walking.
• Walk on the most direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
• Always use paths or sidewalks, when they are available. If none are present, walk on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic.
• Keep an eye out for turning vehicles or cars backing out of driveways.
• Teach kids never to dart between parked cars or out into roadways.
• Adults should accompany all children under the age of 12.
• Avoid unfamiliar areas or neighborhoods that are not well lit.
• Trick or treat in groups if possible.
• Teach kids to make eye contact with drivers before attempting to cross in front of running vehicles.

Costume Safety Tips

• Try to choose costumes that stand out. If a costume is especially dark, carry a bright, reflective bucket or bag for treats.
• Make sure masks do not obstruct a child’s vision, and avoid baggy costumes that might cause kids to trip.
• Have children carry a flashlight or glow stick in case they need light.

Driving Tips for Halloween

• Drive slowly and stay alert while moving through residential neighborhoods.
• Expect children to behave in unpredictable ways when trick or treating.
• Take an extra moment to ensure that medians, curbs and intersections are clear.
• Carefully enter and exit alleys and driveways, watching closely for passing kids.
• Eliminate distractions from inside your vehicle.
• Be alert during popular trick-or-treating hours, between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Checking Candy

• Do not allow children to snack on candy while trick or treating.
• Examine every treat, looking for potential signs or tampering.
• Look for potential choking hazards and remove these from the remaining candy.
• If your child has a peanut allergy, carefully inspect the ingredients of all candy.
• Try to apportion your child’s treats for the days or weeks following Halloween.

Dr. Jeannie Kenkare

Written by Dr. Jeannie Kenkare

Dr. Kenkare is a highly experienced clinician with a background in family medicine. As a founding member of PhysicianOne Urgent Care's parent company Happy Mountains, she is also our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kenkare provides guidance and leadership to our health care team, and is responsible for the review of clinical guidelines, decision tools, and outcomes to develop and implement strategies that will improve patient care and clinical quality.

Website: https://www.physicianoneurgentcare.com