Keeping Halloween Spooky and Safe!
A Few Halloween Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
Tips provided by Centennial Medical Center
What are your kids going to be this Halloween, the latest super hero, a scary ghost or a fairy-tale princess? Halloween can be great fun when dressing up and getting free candy, but don’t forget that safety is always a top priority! Dr. Scott Neumann, a family practice physician on the medical staff at Centennial Medical Center, offers a few tips on how to stay safe during this spooky holiday!
Q: What are a few safety tips when choosing a costume?
When shopping for costumes, check to make certain the material is flame retardant and that your child’s vision won’t be obscured by any part of the costume. Make sure the costume isn’t too long to prevent tripping. If your child is wearing a hat, check to see that it won’t slip down over the eyes. If your child is carrying props like a sword, knife or scythe, check to see that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury.
Also, wear something that reflects light. Adding reflective tape to costumes and treat bags help drivers to see you or your child. Carry a flashlight to light your way.
Q: How can I make my home safe and inviting to other trick or treaters?
Turn on outside porch lights along with interior lights. Make sure that any electrical outlets and power cords are secure, and don’t pose a shock or tripping hazard. Also, never use open flames that are near walkways or in low hanging light fixtures where children may hit their head. Alternative lights that mimic a candle for jack o’lanterns can be bought in stores. If you do use a candle, keep the pumpkin on a sturdy surface away from where the children are likely to stand. Don’t leave a burning candle unattended. Remember, overly excited kids are running around with masks, potentially blocking their vision.
Q: Are there certain kinds of candy children should stay away from?
You should always check your child’s candy before eating it. Throw any open packages or homemade treats away. Don’t give small or hard candies to young children who might choke on them. Peanut allergies also are an increasing concern and should be kept in mind when sorting through candy.
Q: What are some healthy alternatives to giving out candy on Halloween?
Homemade foods and fruits are typically a poor choice because of the risk of tampering. Parents will likely throw these items away. Seasonally appropriate toys such as spider rings, toy eyeballs or window stickers can be a fun alternative.
Q: What kinds of alternatives are there to door-to-door trick or treating?
It’s not always safe today to let children go trick or treating alone. Alternatives to door-to-door trick or treating include malls or community events. You also may want to host a special Halloween party for your children and their friends. If your kids insist on door-to-door, always have a responsible adult or older teen go with smaller children. Older children and teens should go in groups.
As Halloween approaches, make sure to keep these tips top of mind to ensure your holiday is safe and not scary! Happy Halloween!