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Offered by Michele Tuepker M.D., Premier Pediatrics

It is that time of year again, with Halloween quickly approaching. Keeping a few things in mind can help ensure a safe night.

Pick a well-fitting costume that is not too long or bulky. Bright and reflective costumes and trick-or-treat bags are a good idea, too. When picking a mask, chose one that is easy to see through, or consider non-toxic make-up instead. Make sure any accessories, especially swords, light sabers, etc. are not sharp.

When creating a jack-o-lantern, do not allow small children to do the cutting. Have them draw their design and let an adult carve.

Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween. Trick-or-Treaters should be with a responsible adult. If older children are going alone, remind them:

  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

The above information is from the American Academy of Pediatrics Halloween Safety Tips 2016. Please visit their website (aap.org) for more great ideas to keep our kids safe on this fun night.

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