We’re hours away from trick-or-treaters filling the sidewalks and embarking on their annual mission to fill their candy bags to the brim and scout out the homes that give out full-size candy bars. While most children’s main concerns are how they’re going to swap their Almond Joys and fruit snacks after the night is over, parents have much more pressing matters.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an annual average of 3,200 Halloween-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. The most common injuries were related to pumpkin carving and other injuries were due to falls while decorating, tripping on costumes and walking while trick-or-treating.
To avoid spending Halloween night at the emergency room, be sure to follow these CPSC safety tips:
- If pumpkin carving is on the to-do list today, keep the sharp objects away from kids. Give them the tedious job of scooping out the insides and leave the actual carving to the adults.
- Use battery-operated lights inside your carved pumpkins! This will help avoid creating fire hazards. If all you have on hand are open-flame candles, keep them away from flammable materials such as decorations or curtains, and don’t forget to put them out at the end of the night!
- If you’re staying in and handing out candy, keep a clear pathway to your doorstep by moving any decorations that may become obstacles for trick-or-treaters.
- When taking down your decorations, be cautious on ladders.
- 25% of common Halloween-related injuries are due to falls, some of which are caused by tripping on costumes. Make sure your children’s costumes fit properly!
- If wearing a mask, check that the eye and nose holes are big enough for full visibility and breathing.
- Stay alert when crossing streets and be cautious of reckless drivers. Use crosswalks, follow traffic signals and put your phone away.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths.
- Make sure you and your trick-or-treaters are visible by carrying flashlights or glow-sticks, using reflective tape or stickers on costumes or candy bags, and wear light colored clothing if possible.
Whether you’re staying in and watching scary movies or taking your children trick-or-treating, we hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!