Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. From planning costumes to picking pumpkins, families enjoy Halloween for a variety of reasons. While there is so much to look forward to on Halloween night, there is also a lot to keep in mind in order to prevent accidents and injuries.
Keeping your family safe is just as important as letting them have fun on Halloween night. Continue reading for some tips to avoid common Halloween injuries, as well as information on the most common accidents that can occur. For quality family care and acute injury treatment, visit the walk-in clinic at AFC Urgent Care Paramus any day of the week.
Tips to Avoid Common Halloween Injuries
The last thing we want our kids to experience on Halloween is accidental injuries. Unfortunately, with the increased time spent outside at night, injuries are much more common on Halloween.
To prevent injuries from occurring on Halloween, you can:
- Carry a flashlight while trick-or-treating
- Go with your kids while they are trick-or-treating
- Remind kids to cross the street at crosswalks and look both ways
- Supervise pumpkin carving
- Wear bright colors that stand out in the dark
- Avoid flames and wear flame-resistant costumes
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Stay hydrated throughout the night
Accidents and injuries can happen, even if we do our best to prevent them. If you or any of your family members experience general injuries on Halloween night, consider visiting the walk-in clinic at AFC Urgent Care Paramus for quick and convenient injury treatment.
What accidents are most common on Halloween?
Falls and slips are a very common injury that occurs when kids are trick-or-treating. Restrictive costumes that include long or draping fabric can cause slips that lead to foot or ankle injuries. When kids are running around a neighborhood, they are susceptible to tripping over Halloween decorations and walking on uneven ground that could also lead to an injury.
Cuts from pumpkin carving tools are another common injury during the month of October. When carving pumpkins, be cautious when your kids handle the tools and always supervise the activity. Opt for choosing the tools that are designed for pumpkin carving rather than kitchen knives.
Traffic accidents are the most life-threatening accident that occurs on Halloween nights, and unfortunately much more common during trick-or-treating. When families are spending more time outside in the dark, the risk for vehicle-related injuries can increase. Accompany kids under age 12 on Halloween, and always remind your family how important it is to be cautious of cars and crossing the street.
Family Care at AFC Urgent Care Paramus
Visit the clinic at AFC Urgent Care Paramus for compassionate family care this October. Our team of licensed healthcare providers specialize in children’s urgent care, making the walk-in clinic a great resource for you and your family. The clinic is open every day of the week, allowing everyone to prioritize their health this Holiday season.
Before celebrating Halloween this year, visit our urgent care center with no appointment necessary. If you have any additional questions about Halloween health and safety, call us directly at (201) 262-2010.