Healthy Tip Tuesday: More Treats Fewer Tricks

(Dennison, Ohio) – In this week’s Healthy Tip Tuesday, Trinity Hospital Twin City is sending a few tips and reminders to make sure your Halloween is fun and safe!

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several steps you can take as parents to help the risk of injury.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, All you need to do is think ‘SAFE HALLOWEEN.’

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

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

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

E.gif Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

 

H.gif 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.gif 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.gif Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

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

E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

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

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Additionally, Safe Kids Worldwide notes a few more tips to take safety the extra mile!

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  2. Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  3. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  4. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  5. When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

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