It's almost that time of the year...when ghost and goblins roam the streets in search of treats (definitely not tricks!) Here are a few safety tips to make sure your Halloween is memorable for all of the right reasons.
Stick to familiar areas that are well lit.
You want to make sure that you are in an area that you know and trust. You also want to make sure that there is plenty of light so that oncoming cars are more likely to see the trick or treaters.
Trick or treat in groups so that you are more likely to be seen!
The old adage is true - there is safety in numbers.
Children under 12 years should trick or treat with a trusted adult.
If teenagers are going to go out, it wouldn't hurt to have an adult present then too!
Always assume that drivers cannot see you, especially at night!
Make sure to move out of the way of oncoming traffic. Dark conditions mixed with dark costumes make it hard to see!
Inspect candy before eating and toss anything that isn't commercially wrapped.
Make sure you look for candy that is open or has been tampered with. Homemade goodies should only be eaten if you know who made them.
Choose light colored clothing or costumes.
Even better, make sure that you wear something reflective so that you are more easily visible.
Avoid carrying swords, sticks and other sharp objects.
This tip is to avoid an accidental injury. Halloween can be an exciting time and you want to avoid injuries that can result from that excitement!
Following these 7 tips can help you avoid some of the most common injuries that we see in the Emergency Room each Halloween. We wish you a happy (& safe) Halloween from the Pediatric Emergency Rooms of Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital!Find out more information about our ER services, or check our wait times!