Making Halloween Safer: Tips for Protecting Your Little Monsters
Monsters and aliens are not the only scary things out on October 31st. Trips and falls (or even more serious accidents) can put a damper on Halloween festivities. But a little preparation and thought can go a long way in protecting your children from harm. The following tips taken from the American Academy of Pediatrics will help you to make this Halloween a safe one for you and your family.
- Your child should wear costumes that are both bright and reflective. (Try adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.)
- Make sure shoes fit well.
- Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with flame.
- Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives to masks, which can limit or block eyesight.
- Look for and purchase only costumes, wigs, and accessories with labels clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
- Do not buy costumes with small parts or strings that can choke or strangle smaller children.
- Attach emergency identification (name, address, phone number) inside Halloween costume or on a bracelet.
- Use flashlights with fresh batteries.
- Have older children and adult escorts wear a wristwatch and carry coins for non-emergency phone calls.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.