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Monday, October 26, 2015

Keep your ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween


Halloween is a fun and exciting time for children but comes with increased risk of injury, including pedestrian-vehicle collisions, falls and burns. Keep your little monsters safe this season by managing the risks: look first, wear the gear and get trained.


General Tips

Look First
  • Choose a route for your children’s trick-or-treating before Halloween night and set a time for them to return home.
  • Accompany children under eight years old. Older children should trick-or-treat with a responsible adult or in a group. No child should trick-or-treat alone.
  • Have your child wear face paint or cosmetics rather than masks as they can interfere with vision.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight.
  • If you are giving out treats, leave your porch light on to light the children’s way up your path and steps.
Get Trained
  • Teach children to stay in well-lit areas and only visit houses with the outside light on.
  • Teach children to always walk on sidewalks. Never walk on the road or across yards.
  • Remind your trick-or-treater to walk, never run.

Falls 

Look First
  • Make sure costumes and footwear fit properly. Costumes should not be too loose or too long. Avoid large costumes with baggy sleeves and skirts.
  • Never allow children to carry sharp, dangerous props such as knives or swords. These could cause injuries in a fall.
  • Remove yard obstacles that could be hazards in the dark, such as tools, toys and lawn ornaments.
Motor Vehicles 

Look First
  • When driving in residential areas, slow down and be alert for children.

Wear the Gear
  • Make your child visible. Add reflective tape to costumes and bags.

Get Trained
  • Teach your children how to cross the road safely using Point, Pause and Proceed.
  • If there is no crosswalk, cross at the nearest corner. Point across theroad to tell drivers you want to cross.
  • Pause until the cars stop. Proceed when it is safe. Keep checking fortraffic.
  • Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by a responsible adult or older child when crossing the street.
Burns

Look First
  • Make sure all costumes, wigs and hats are made of fire-resistant materials.
  • Children should not play near lit jack-o’-lanterns.
  • Keep jack-o’-lanterns away from curtains and other flammable materials.
Treats

Look First
  • Have children bring home treats before eating them. Send snacks with them to eat if they get hungry.
  • Check for punctures or holes in the candy wrapping or surface of fruits.Cut fruit open before eating.

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