Halloween is a favorite holiday for many children, but the same things that make it so fun—dressing in costume, wandering the neighborhood at night, decorating the house, and receiving a bounty of candy—can also present a danger to kids. Here are some important aspects of child safety to review with your family before the big night:
Because trick-or-treating requires that children roam the streets in the dark, it’s important to equip them for safety. Have kids carry flashlights or glowsticks to help them be seen more easily by cars and minimize their risk of tripping on uneven pavement. If possible, place reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark stickers on their treat bags or costumes. Kids that are trick-or-treating without an adult present should understand how to watch for cars and know not to enter strangers’ homes.
Make sure that your family wears flame-resistant costumes and avoids long sleeves or trailing cloth that can fall into a flame and catch fire. Kids often benefit from a reminder to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing should ignite. In addition, be careful when decorating—light jack-o-lanterns with battery-operated candles and keep cobwebs, streamers, and scarecrows well away from any open flame.
Although most adults handing out candy simply want the neighborhood kids to have a good time, it is possible for someone with malicious intent to tamper with treats. For this reason, it is a good idea to check your children’s candy before they are allowed to sample it. Discard any pieces that are unwrapped, partially open, or homemade.
For more tips on keeping your kids safe and healthy, contact Good Samaritan Hospital by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 724-2362. Our helpful nurses can answer your questions, schedule medical appointments, and inform you about our upcoming events and classes.