Almost every year after Halloween, we get a phone call from a family involving an injury their child suffered on Halloween. In most cases, the injury could have been prevented had a bit more care and common sense been used by the parent, child, neighbor (below) or third party driving up and down a street.
We’ve Seen Lives Changed Because of Unsafe Situations…
Several years ago Lisa represented a wonderful family and their little girl who had sustained serious burns while at a neighbor’s Halloween party. A pumpkin was decorated with a small container filled with a flammable liquid (MEK) which was placed on top of the pumpkin to look like burning hair. The container was held up with wooden toothpicks.
As time passed, the wooden toothpicks eventually burned and collapsed resulting in the burning liquid pouring onto our little client’s body. She was severely burned. The entire incident could and should have been easily avoided.
With the above in mind, please be very careful this Halloween. Here are several things you can do to help make your family’s Halloween as safe as possible.
Tips for Your Little Trick-or-Treaters
- Be careful with all objects using a flame or fire.
- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
- Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
- Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. Don’t expect the driver of a car to see you in your costume.
- Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
- Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Tips for Activities at Your Home
- Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
- Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
- Keep candle-lit jack-o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
- Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
- Watch for electrical fires. Do not overload electrical outlets.
- Carefully set up and use fire items, lights, fog machines, decorations, support lines and other decorative items. They can burn, shock, fall, or cause a child or adult to trip and become injured.