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  Calli Rathsam   October 2, 2015   Children, Fall, Safety, Family, Halloween 0 Comments

Keeping safe on Halloween

Velocity Care offers tips and tricks for Halloween night safety

31066471_sAs Halloween approaches, it’s a good idea to discuss safety tips with your family and others who might be taking your child out to trick or treat.

This post offers plenty of tips that will ensure your Halloween is an exciting and safe day.

General street safety

Children under 12 should not be out at night without an adult to watch over them. Children over the age of 12 who can be out by themselves should stick with a group and not wander out alone.

Even those who are out with an adult need to know how to be safe in the streets. A few tips everyone needs to know are:

  • Cross the street only at crosswalks and obey the traffic signals.

  • Look left, right and left again when crossing the street.

  • Walk – don’t run – across the street.

  • Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

  • If it is dark, be sure to carry a flashlight or another luminescent device to let others know you are there.

While many of the common stories about children being poisoned or hurt by Halloween candy are myths or overstatements, it’s still better to be on the safe side when it comes to the candy your children bring home.

Candy safety

  • Check all candy your children collect for signs of tampering before allowing them to eat any.

  • Don’t let your children eat candy that has no wrapper.

  • Set a limit on the number of pieces they can have each night.

  • Make sure your children take only one piece of candy at each house they visit.

Costume safety

These tips will help you make sure your children’s costumes are safe for nighttime trick-or-treating:

  • Decorate costumes and trick or treat bags with highly visible components like reflective tape or stickers.

  • Choose face paint and makeup instead of masks.

  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

  • To help prevent trips and falls, make sure costumes are not too long.

If you do not have children, there are still ways you can help make Halloween safe for those around you, especially during peak trick-or-treating hours (5:30 to 9:30 p.m.).

  • Drive with extra caution in residential neighborhoods.

  • Exit and enter driveways with caution.

  • When turning, make sure to check that there aren’t any children crossing the street.

Home safety

It is also important to remind children – especially teens – that there are protocols for trick-or-treating that they should follow. These include:

  • Don’t ring the doorbells of houses that have no lights on.

  • Don’t enter a home without an adult you know and trust.

  • Don’t ring a doorbell after 9:30 p.m.

If you or family members experience an injury while trick-or-treating, don’t hesitate to seek qualified medical treatment. Visit www.velocitycare.com/locations to find our nearest clinic.

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Medical disclaimer

This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.
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