Halloween Safety

Halloween is just around the corner…And so are the little ones!!!

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as many as 40 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 will be frequenting the streets this Halloween, gathering all the candy they can while trick or treating. With this in mind, the American College of Emergency Physicians is warning motorists to be on the lookout with Halloween just around the corner.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a child’s risk of injury is roughly four times higher on Halloween than any other night of the year. Motorists should be especially cautious when driving through residential areas on Halloween and a few days prior to October 31 as some communities hold trick or treating early.

Going Trick or Treating?

Alphabet letter S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Alphabet letter A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Alphabet letter F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Alphabet letter E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
   
Alphabet letter H 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.
Alphabet letter A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Alphabet letter L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Alphabet letter L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. 
Alphabet letter O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Alphabet letter W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Alphabet letter E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Alphabet letter E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Alphabet letter N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Tips for Halloween Party Hosts:

-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.

-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.

-Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

-Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Costume Safety Tips:

-When purchasing a costume,masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant.

-Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.

-Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.

-If a mask is used, however, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.

-To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.

Food Safety:

-Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating.  Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents of their “goody bags.”

-To help prevent children from snacking, give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach.

-Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

-Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.

-Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.  Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

US Food & Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm187021.htm

Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/100.pdf

Selective Insurance: FYI Articles: http://www.selective.com/WebApplications/EDS/PublicSite/Main/PublicNewsArchive.aspx?CatID=800092137

November 16th, 2012 by Wyatt Insurance Services