Halloween Safety Tips

October 26, 2016 | The weather is getting colder and the candy industry is in full gear because…HALLOWEEN is almost here!pumpkin-01

Halloween is just around the corner and your friends here at Northwest Health would like to leave you with some safety tips for the evening. Let’s start off with some tips for those going trick-or-treating.

TRICK-OR-TREAT?

Here are some great trick-or-treat safety tips from the CDC.

S – Swords, knives and other accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat! For some of you that may be difficult.

H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Walk and don’t run from house to house.

A – Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

L – Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible.

W – Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

E – Enter homes if only you’re with a trusted adult.

E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats.

N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

PARTIES AND GUESTS

Follow these helpful tips if you are expecting trick-or-treaters and party guests.

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Now that you’ve read all of the safety tips for Halloween, you’re all set to get dressed up and eat some really good candy! Be sure to bundle up and have fun out there this year. From your friends at Northwest Health, have a wonderful day!  

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