Oct 31

Preventing Accidents This Halloween

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Sadly, car accidents and pedestrian accidents are as much of a part of Halloween as candy and costumes. Because ghosts and goblins are running from house to house and are gobbling up the Halloween spirit while some adults are drinking up Halloween spirits, the combination spells disaster.

A few safety tips may prevent you or your loved ones from injuries (other than the sore belly from eating too much candy). Here are a few such Halloween safety tips from KidsHealth.org:

Costumes

  • Choose a light-colored costume because these are easily seen at night. Add reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back of the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag.
  • Put a nametag — with your phone number — on your children’s costumes.
  • Avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes that could cause kids to trip. Make sure the rest of the costume fits well, too, which can help prevent trips and falls.
  • Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible.

Accident-Free Trick-or-Treating

  • Accompany young children (under age 12). Make sure they know how to call 911 in case they get lost. Check to make sure they know their home phone number.
  • Turn on the GPS location device on your child’s phone so you know where they are at all times.
  • For older kids who are trick-or-treating on their own, find out the route they’ll be taking and when they’ll be coming home. Also be sure that they:
    • carry a cell phone, if possiblego in a group and stay together
    • only go to houses with porch lights on and walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never walk through alleys or across lawns)
    • walk from house to house (never run) and always walk facing traffic when walking on roads
    • stay away from candles and other flames
    • know to never go into strangers’ homes or cars
    • cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop
  • Give kids flashlights with new batteries. Kids may also enjoy wearing glow sticks as bracelets or necklaces.
  • When your kids get home, check all treats to make sure they’re sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that haven’t been made by someone you know.

Driving the Haunted Streets

  • Be on a greater look-out for kids darting out (especially in neighborhoods)
  • Drive with your windows down and radio off so you can hear what is going on outside around you.
  • Don’t drink and drive.

Take these quick and easy precautions to help your little ghosts and goblins have a hauntingly happy and safe Halloween.

Happy Halloween from Darth Vader and his little blue ninja!!

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