Keep Real Terrors Out of Halloween: Safety Tips from the Pediatric Emergency Department
- Following simple safety tips will help keep you and your family safe and happy this Halloween.
- Make sure that all children have adults with them and carry flashlights or glow sticks to help prevent them from getting lost, tripping over uneven surfaces, or being unseen by passing motorists.
- Make sure that costumes won’t get in the way of your children’s safety. Choose bright colors or attach reflective strips to help make sure people can see your children. Consider face paints instead of masks, which can obstruct children’s vision. Be sure costumes are weather-appropriate and comfortable, allowing children to move with ease.
- Inspect all candy before children eat it. Don’t allow them to eat anything that isn’t commercially wrapped, and be sure young children and those with allergies eat only foods that are appropriate for them.
- Keep candle-lighted jack-o’-lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains, and out of reach of pets and children.
Halloween is a much anticipated and thrilling holiday for children and their parents. From parties and costumes to delicious treats and scary movies, there is something for everyone to enjoy, but staying safe on Halloween is just as important as having fun. When excitement is high, accidents and injuries are more likely to occur, and both children and adults are sometimes not as careful as they would normally be. Keeping simple safety tips and some common sense in mind will ensure a safe and happy Halloween season for your kids and for you.
Robert Noll, M.D. F.A.A.P
“Adult supervision can do a lot to prevent common Halloween injuries,” says Robert Noll, M.D., FAAP, medical director of Pediatric Emergency Care at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “Making sure that all children have adults with them and carry flashlights or glow sticks while they are trick-or-treating will help prevent them from getting lost, tripping over uneven surfaces, or being overlooked by passing drivers.
“Make sure that costumes won’t get in the way of your children’s safety,” Noll continues. “Brightly colored costumes will help other people see your children; if their costumes are dark, attach reflective strips. Masks can obstruct children’s vision and make it difficult for them to observe their surroundings; using face paints is a better option, provided they are tested on their skin beforehand. Be sure costumes are weather-appropriate and comfortable; children should be able to move easily, and they should not be shivering as the evening gets colder.”
Bruce Nisbet, M.D., FACEP, chairman of the Department of Emergency
Bruce Nisbet, M.D. FACEP
Medicine at Crozer, suggests inspecting all candy before children eat it. He adds, “Be sure they don’t accept — and especially don’t eat — anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. For young children and those with food allergies, it is even more important that they consume only foods that are appropriate for them.”
If your house is a common stop for trick-or-treaters, be sure that walking areas, stairs and other areas children might pass through are well lighted and free of obstacles that could result in falls. Keep candle-lighted jack-o’-lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains, and out of reach of pets and children.
Following simple safety tips will keep you and your family safe and happy this Halloween. Your kids will have fun, and you will make great memories together without the stress of accidents and injuries.
For more information about the Pediatric Emergency Department, Crozer-Keystone Health System or finding a physician who is right for you, call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) or visit the website (www.crozerkeystone.org).