Take precautions for safe trick-or-treating
October 20, 2017
Taking a few simple precautions can help you keep your children safe if they go out trick-or-treating on Halloween. UHS has a few recommendations, based on suggestions recently published by the editors of Reader's Digest:
- Plan the route in advance. Trick-or-treating can take you and your kids several streets away from your house. Avoid long treks that are too tiring. Stick to sidewalks and paths that are familiar to you and your child to avoid getting lost.
- Wear comfortable shoes to avoid pain, blisters, trips and falls. Double-tie shoelaces. High heels aren't the safest or most comfortable option, so opt for sneakers, walking shoes or similar footwear.
- Stay well-lit. Apply reflective tape to your child's costume to ensure that they are seen by motorists. Make sure everyone in your group has a flashlight, and keep the path ahead illuminated at all times.
- Keep costumes short. Long costumes that drag on the ground can be hazardous, especially at night. If a costume you've bought is too long, hem it so that the wearer doesn't trip over it.
- A mask can pose a problem. It can make it hard for the child to see, or even to breathe properly. If possible, skip masks and use non-toxic makeup instead to complete the Halloween look.
- Use flexible props. Avoid toy weapons if possible, or make sure they're made of soft or flexible rubber, plastic or other material. A prop or toy that can cause a poke-in-the-eye-type of injury is very dangerous and best avoided.
- Examine the candy. Check your child's trick-or-treat bag or other container to make sure everything's safe. When sorting through the candy, throw away any candy that isn't in its original wrapper or looks as if it has been opened. You can also participate in a candy exchange program, such as the one sponsored by UHS and Boscov's.