TREATS, NOT TRICKS
Halloween is upon us, and if you have kids who will be out – it’s not a time to relax your viligance.
Safe Kids research, published at www.safekids.org, has some frightening statistics.
Did you know that only 1/3 of parents talk to their kids annualy about Halloween?
On average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween as compared to other days of the year.
Only 18% of parents use reflective tape on their child’s costume.
And 12% of children five years of age are younger are permitted to trick or treat ALONE.
That should send the wrong kind of shivers down your spine.
What can you do to make it a fun outing for your little superheroes and ninja warriors? Here are some safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
- Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
There are many more tips and ideas at their website; if you’ve got little ones, it’s worth the visit.
And – don’t forget that this coming Saturday night you should turn your clocks back one hour. Yes, it’s that time again….
Until next week, safe digging!