Two of my favorite things to do as a kid were playing dress up and eating candy! I thought about Halloween year round, and my kids are no different. The very things that make Halloween fun, also create a potential for injury. Here are some quick safety tips to review with your little monsters to keep them safe during the holiday.
- Let the adults carve the pumpkins. Keep kids involved by having them trace the faces and scooping out the insides. If the kids want to be more involved in the pumpkin festivities, consider painting or using craft items to decorate this year.
- Make sure the adults keep their hands and the carving knife dry, especially the handle! Always carve away from the body.
- Use LED lights in place of candles for both pumpkins and luminary bags. They last longer and can prevent fires!
- Choose lightly colored costumes or make costumes more visible with reflectivestickers or glow-in-the-dark spray paint.
- Buy only flame-resistant costumes.
- To reduce the risk of slip and fall injury, never let your child wear costumes that are too big or too long.
- Masks should be avoided if possible, because they can impair vision and hearing. Consider using face make-up and colored hairspray instead. Test a small amount on your child’s skin and/or hair first, to make sure he doesn’t have a reaction.
- Never walk alone. Groups are much more safe and help increase visibility in the dark.
- Kids should always be supervised by a responsible adult!
- Bring a flashlight to help light the way, and only go up to houses that are well lit.
- Walk on the sidewalk if available. If you must walk in the street, stick closest to the curb and walk toward traffic.
- Donʼt forget to bring your cell phone in case of an emergency.
- Remind your children never to go into a home of people that you donʼt know.
- Donʼt allow anyone to eat candy until it is inspected in a well lit area by an adult. If you think your child will want to eat candy before you are able to inspect it, bring candy from your home candy dish for a safe, sweet treat.
- Never eat homemade or unwrapped treats. Factory sealed packaging increases the chances the item has not been tampered with.
- Make sure to only give your child candy that is safe for their age and developmental level. Children under the age 4 are at the highest risk of choking.
To learn more about halloween safety, join us for a party Sunday, October 23, 1 p.m.–4 p.m at Safety City U.S.A. located in the Northwood Shopping Center 30955 N. Woodward Ave. (13 Mile Road & Woodward Avenue) in Royal Oak. There is no charge for this event and it is open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Halloween Safety Party features safety activities; games; pumpkin decorating; and displays addressing stranger danger, fire, pedestrian and candy safety. Also includes prizes and snacks. Registration requested, but not required: 248-898-SAFE.
–Erica Surman, RN, BSN, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager