Halloween is one of the most anticipated evenings of the year for kids (candy, costumes, and fun with friends). But unfortunately, some pretty chilling statistics correspond with this scary night. No matter how peaceful you think your neighborhood might be, parents should always take precautions and be on guard; children 12 and under should always be accompanied by an adult when trick or treating. The physicians at eMedical Urgent Care walk-in doctors office are parents too and we want all the little vampires, goblins, superheroes and princesses to enjoy a safe and spooky Halloween (injury free) with these simple safety tips below.
Scary Halloween Stats
- One common danger on Halloween includes car accidents. In fact, SafeKids Worldwide reveals that children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day.
- Fright-night fires, jack-o-lanterns and burns from flammable costumes also lead to injuries and even death.
- Allergic reactions can occur from Halloween makeup as well as unknown ingredients from the candy stash, such as peanuts. And of course, overindulging in too much candy (or alcohol) can lead to stomach aches and nausea. So keep it to a moderation.
- Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury on Halloween night according to the National safety Council. Many trick-or-treaters will trip and fall leading to cuts, bruises and even broken bones.
It is recommend that children “trick-or-treat” at organized Halloween festivities, such as local churches, shopping malls or schools so children keep constant adult supervision and don’t end up walking in the dark.
Tips for a Safe Halloween
- Children under the age of 12 should always be accompanied by a parent on the neighborhood rounds.
- Walk on sidewalks and obeys all traffic signals (remember, pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween).
- Remind your child the potential dangers of strangers and make sure they know to never talk to or accept rides from strangers.
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective (consider adding reflective tape to the costumes).
- Avoid costumes that could cause children to trip, such as baggy pants, long hems, high heels and oversized shoes.
- Avoid costumes that obstruct the child’s sight such as masks and long wigs.
- Look for costumes and wigs that are made of flame-resistant materials, such as nylon or polyester.
- Keep candlelit Jack-O-Lanterns away from children to prevent burns (place on a sturdy table away from curtains and never leave it unattended).
- Sort all candy before your child eats it. Avoid candy that is not wrapped in its original wrapper, as well as fruit.
- Stay in well-lit, familiar neighborhoods and carry a flashlight (never assume the right of way).
- Check accessories such as swords, knives, wands and other pointed objects. Make sure they are made from flexible materials and have dulled edges.
- Teach your children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. Take these tips into consideration when you’re out trick or treating with the kids. And if your night takes a turn for the worse and you’re facing an urgent situation, eMedical Urgent Care walk-in doctors office is here to help (open 7 days a week, without the long waits and expenses) in two locations: Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, and Middletown, New Jersey. Bring your zombies, witches and ghosts…feel better knowing we’re here.