Halloween is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! Halloween is definitely a favorite holiday for many children. There is no better opportunity for kids to stock up on as much candy as possible while marching around dressed up in costumes.
Unfortunately, Halloween also brings about some potential dangers that could lead to injury if certain precautions aren’t taken. Loose-fitting costumes, overly-excited kids running around without acknowledging traffic laws, and various other hazards can all turn things sour if someone happens to get hurt.
We care dearly about you and your families and we want to make sure your children stay safe and avoid coming into see us following a Halloween-related injury this year. Follow these trick-or-treating safety tips and help us ensure that your little ghosts and goblins have a happy and safe Halloween!
- Never let children go trick-or-treating alone; make sure they are walking in groups, and if young enough, with a parent as well.
- Stress the importance of using usual traffic safety: walk, don’t run; look both ways before crossing the street; try to only use crosswalks; only walk on sidewalks or the far edge of the road facing traffic.
- At night, make sure all kids are visible: use reflective tape or blinking lights on bags and costumes.
- Avoid masks if possible—they can make it difficult to breathe and see—and use face paint instead. If a mask is necessary for the costume, make sure it is well-fitting, comfortable and easy to take on and off.
- Avoid loose-fitting costumes that can lead to falls, and encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes that will be easy to walk around in.
- Examine your kids’ candy for any potential choking hazards or tampering before letting them eat it and get rid of anything not factory-wrapped.
- Only trick-or-treat at well-lit houses and don’t let kids enter any stranger’s house without supervision. 9 p.m. is usually a good cut-off for the night.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up. Be aware of your surroundings!
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
Keep Halloween fun and safe, and avoid any unnecessary issues by taking these few basic precautions. On behalf of Physical Therapy Specialists of Idaho, we wish you a Happy Halloween!