Boys and girls in Halloween costumes.
For children, no holiday can keep up with Halloween for sheer fun: creepy costumes, tricks or treats, class parties, trips to haunted houses and lots of sweets.
Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous times of the year for children.
While the stories of razor blades in apples or toxic candy are extremely rare, children on Halloween are exposed to many other risks.
Children in loose-fitting costumes can stumble and fall, pointed objects such as sticks or swords can cause eye injuries, and carving pumpkins, according to orthopedists, always leads to an increase in hand and finger injuries.
However, the greatest danger is automobiles. According to the Safe Kids Worldwide organization, the chances of children being hit and killed by a car on Halloween are about twice as high as on any other night.
It is usually dark when there are tricks or treats outside and they could race on the streets with excitement. In the meantime, drivers have been drinking more due to the popularity of Halloween events in bars. According to a study published in January in JAMA Pediatrics, there is a 43% increased risk of pedestrian death compared to other autumn evenings.
If you want to keep your little tricks or treats safe on Halloween night, you should take the following steps:
- Make sure the costumes fit properly to reduce the risk of stumbling. Discourage dark costumes in favor of colorful ones.
- Make sure the masks fit properly and do not interfere with eyesight or breathing.
- Choose face color and makeup instead of masks as often as possible.
- Keep candle-lit pumpkin lanterns away from places where children can stroke them. Use LED lights instead.
- Apply reflective tape to the treatment bags. Keep toys with small parts away from children under 3 years of age.
- Remind children to be safe: watch out for traffic, cross streets at corners with signals and crosswalks, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can see and be seen by drivers.
In addition, you should always accompany small children on their neighborhood rounds. When children are old enough to go alone, plan and review an acceptable route, and indicate when they should be at home.
Halloween is an exciting time for children. By following a few simple rules, you can help them enjoy them safely.