6 Safety Tips for Halloween – How to Avoid Injuries

Halloween is coming up. It’s a particularly “sweet” holiday for kids to show off their costumes.

Make it a fun, memorable and safe experience for your kids by following these safety tips for Halloween:

  1. Make sure your kids are highly visible at night, by adding reflective tape. Better yet, wear bright clothing along with reflective tape to stand out in the dark.
  2. If the costume includes a mask, make sure the eyes, ears and nose are not obstructed.
  3. To prevent falling, make sure the costume allows for free range of motion. This also includes shoes – regular shoes should be worn in case kids need to move out of harm’s way quickly.
  4. Allow only flame-resistant costumes. Avoid cotton, linen and silk; as they are quick to burn and won’t give you time to take the costume off your child. 100% polyester is a better choice for costume fabric as it burns slower.
  5. When accessorizing, be sure the objects selected don’t pose harm to your kids. Avoid sharp edges and things that are too easy to swallow accidentally.
  6. Accompany your small children, and make sure the older ones know how to call 911 in case of emergency.

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According to Pamela Pucci, RN, a nurse educator in injury prevention and community outreach at the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center, burn-related, falls and pedestrian injuries increase significantly between 4 and 10 p.m. on Halloween.

She also adds that “one of the most startling statistics is that children are four and a half times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other night during the year.”

“When you’re buying or making a costume, think bright, so that they’re visible in the dark,” said Dr. Ellen Rome, of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. “And think flame-resistant.”

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is also recommending using flame-less candles to prevent fires and burns.

A burn injury lawsuit can help you hold liable parties responsible, but it should never come down to that if you take recommended precautions.

Keep your kids safe on Halloween and watch them have a blast trick or treating!

[note color="#DDD"]Do you have any of your own personal tips to add?[/note]

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Vibhu Talwar is an injury lawyer in Los Angeles, California.

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