Stay safe tonight
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.