Friday, October 31, 2014
Kids love Halloween. What’s not to love? Treats, tricks, goofy costumes, spooky costumes, even adults can get caught up in the fun of this holiday. With all the fun, kids can easily get carried away and forget some basic safety rules. That can lead to trips, falls, bumps and bruises, even sprains or fractures can put a stop to the Halloween fun.The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has compiled a comprehensive list of Halloween tips to keep your children safe this year.
Costumes should fit properly. Costumes that are too long may cause kids to trip and fall, so trim or hem them as necessary.
Bright-colored costumes make it easier for children to be seen at dusk or in the dark. Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags to provide additional visibility.
Wear sturdy, comfortable, slip-resistant shoes to avoid falls.
Masks can obstruct a child’s vision and should be avoided, along with hats that fall down over a child’s eyes. Child-friendly makeup is a good option.
Look for flame-resistant costumes and accessories.
Children younger than age 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Parents of older children should plan a safe trick-or-treating route together, and set specific times for children to check-in and return home.
Older children trick-or-treating without parents should be reminded to always stay together.
Walk on sidewalks and never cut across yards or driveways.
Cross streets at designated crosswalks and obey all traffic signals.
Both children and parents should carry flashlights to see and be seen.
Approach houses that are well lit. Remind children to never enter a home to obtain a treat.
Be aware of neighborhood dogs when trick-or-treating. Remember that these pets can pose a threat when you approach their home.
Carry a cell phone while trick-or-treating in case of an emergency.
Be sure to throw away any unwrapped or spoiled treats.
Many thanks to the American Academy for Orthopaedic Surgeons for compiling such a great list to promote safety this Halloween.