Halloween is just around the corner. This fall holiday is a favorite for kids and adults alike, as it provides an opportunity to dress up, stay up late, and eat candy. However, this night can also lead to injury. As adults go to Halloween-themed parties and drink alcohol, there is an increased chance of drunk driving accidents. Combine this with the fact that there are more children on the street than usual, and this is a recipe for catastrophe. Fortunately, there are several ways you can reduce your child’s risk of injury this Halloween. Simply follow these safe trick-or-treating tips:
Stick To The Sidewalks
Halloween brings an increased risk of pedestrian accidents. Make sure your children keep to the sidewalks and avoid dangerous or busy intersections. Only allow older children who understand safety rules to trick or treat solo. Always accompany younger children. It’s also a good idea to increase your child’s visibility by giving them flashlights and adding reflective tape to their costume or treat basket.
If you’re passing out candy, do your part by keeping your porch well-lit. Check all lightbulbs before the big night and consider adding solar lanterns to light the path to your front door.
Finally, designate a driver if you’re attending an adult Halloween party. If you don’t have a driver, make plans to stay overnight or skip the alcohol to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Remember – buzzed driving IS drunk driving.
Remove All Hazards
If you’re welcoming trick-or-treaters into your home, take some time to clean up your yard. Make sure the path to your front porch is well lit and free of common hazards. Remove your hose, toys, and garden objects to maximize safety.
If you’re trick-or-treating with your children, make sure they’re not running from door to door. The dark might obscure trip and fall hazards that could injure your children. Some costumes make running cumbersome, too. Acknowledge their excitement but encourage “walking feet.”
Pick a Safe Costume
Halloween gives your children the opportunity to exercise their creativity. Their costumes should be a reflection of their personality character and what makes them unique, but they should also be safe. Choose flame retardant materials whenever possible, as some people still use traditional tea lights in their jack o’ lanterns. Take care to minimize excess fabric that may lead to trip and fall accidents and choose light colors whenever possible to increase your child’s visibility. Finally, opt for makeup over masks, as the latter can obscure your child’s vision.
Check Candy Before Consumption
Lastly, ask your children to hold off on eating their candy until you have a chance to inspect it. Candy tampering is rare, but it does happen. When you get home from trick-or-treating, examine your child’s candy and throw out any pieces that seem suspicious or partially unwrapped. Alternatively, you could check with your local police precinct and see if they’re setting up any candy inspection stations in your area.
Halloween is one of the most festive times of the year – let your children enjoy it while minimizing their risk of injury. Trick-or-treat!