With all the creative costumes, delicious candy and exciting parties, Halloween is real treat for people of all ages. It’s also a real concern for health professionals, law enforcement and rescue personnel. People in these industries know better than most that Halloween may be a lot of fun, but there are a lot of scary hazards that go along with the festivities! This Halloween, protect yourself and your family by using these tips from health and safety experts!
Halloween Health Safety Tips
- Avoid dark colored costumes and stay in well-lit areas. It’s easier to keep track of everyone in your group if they are easily seen, and the best way to ensure this is to wear bright — or even better, reflective — clothing. Cars are another danger for people in dark costumes, because even with their headlights on, drivers may not be able to see you. According to a study by Stay Safe USA, children are twice as likely to die from being hit by a car on Halloween than on any other night. A flashlight may not go with the rest of your costume, but it’s a terrific way to make sure you’re seen. Being visible keeps you safe!
- Clear your porch and entrance ways of debris, and don’t approach houses that have cluttered entrances. These can cause falls, especially if you’re wearing an elaborate costume. And make sure your costume doesn’t drag on the ground or impair your vision, so you can move freely. This includes shoes as well; make sure they fit and are comfortable to wear while walking. You don’t want your Halloween fun to end with a trip to urgent care!
- Make sure any weapons that complete your costume are soft and flexible, to prevent injuries during the inevitable play fights your children will start. Young eyes are especially vulnerable to injury.
- Always monitor open flames. This includes candles in jack-o’-lanterns or fires in a fireplace. As it gets colder and drier, the risk for fires increases, and Halloween is one of the four holidays that sees a spike in structural and outside fires. Place your jack-o’-lanterns out of the way of trick-or-treaters, so a costume can’t accidentally brush against it and catch fire.
- Check all candy before eating it. The story about the razor blades hidden in apples is luckily an urban legend, but it can’t hurt to be careful. Any candy with holes in the packaging should be immediately thrown out, along with anything that isn’t pre-packaged. These treats could have been tampered with or could contain unknown ingredients, so it’s much safer to avoid them.
Halloween is a pretty scary holiday for parents, and under the wrong circumstances, those fears can be justified. But if you know the right precautions to take, you can have a Halloween that’s spooky for all the right reasons!