Stay safe tonight

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - Features -

WASH­ING­TON, DC — The na­tion’s emer­gency physi­cians want cos­tumes, candy and fun times to be the only things you and your chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence this Hal­loween.

But un­for­tu­nately each year a fun spooky ad­ven­ture can be­come an all too-real night­mare that ends in the emer­gency depart­ment.

“Hal­loween should be about good times and fun with friends and fam­ily, yet sadly, each year we see kids who are in­jured while trick-or-treat­ing,” said Dr. An­gela Gard­ner, pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Emer­gency Physi­cians.

“Many of th­ese in­juries are eas­ily pre­vented if a par­ent or guardian were to take some very sim­ple pre­cau­tions.”

Com­mon Hal­loween in­juries in­clude eye in­juries from sharp ob­jects, burns from flammable cos­tumes and chil­dren hit by cars as they walk and run around busy neigh­bor­hoods.

ACEP sug­gests that adults fol­low th­ese tips for a safe and fun Hal­loween:

Make sure you see all the candy be­fore your child eats it. Avoid candy that is not wrapped in its orig­i­nal wrap­per, as well as all fruit.

Make sure your child stays on the side­walks as much as pos­si­ble (off streets) and obeys all traf­fic sig­nals.

Dis­cuss the im­por­tance of stay­ing to­gether in a group. Re­quire at least one adult to serve as a chap­er­one dur­ing trick-or-treat gath­er­ings.

Make sure your child knows the po­ten­tial dan­gers from strangers. Make sure they know never to ac­cept rides from strangers or visit un­fa­mil­iar homes or ar­eas.

Avoid cos­tumes that could cause chil­dren to trip, such as baggy pants, long hems, high heels and over­sized shoes.

Avoid cos­tumes that ob­struct the child’s sight or vi­sion.

Avoid masks if pos­si­ble. If your child must wear one, make sure it is well ven­ti­lated.

Make sure cos­tume fab­ric, wigs and beards are made of flame-re­sis­tant ma­te­ri­als, such as ny­lon or polyester.

Keep can­dlelit Jack-O-Lanterns away from chil­dren so they can’t get burned or set on fire.

Make sure cos­tumes are vis­i­ble at night: avoid dark colours. Add re­flec­tive tape to the cos­tume so your child is more vis­i­ble to mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

Take a flash­light while trick-or-treat­ing as vis­i­bil­ity de­creases long be­fore it gets re­ally dark.

Check ac­ces­sories such as swords, knives, wands and other pointed ob­jects. Make sure they are made from flex­i­ble ma­te­ri­als and have dulled edges.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.