Friday, October 28, 2011

Safety Tips for Halloween

Bucks County personal injury lawyerJoyce J. Sweinberg, Esquire, wants to wish all of you a happy and safe Halloween!!!
Here are some suggestions from ACH Injury Prevention Center to help your trick-or-treaters have a fun and injury-free Halloween... 

Costume safety:
  • Costumes should be brightly colored and made of flame-retardant fabric
  • Be careful around candles and luminaries
  • Avoid costumes that drag the ground and cause a tripping hazard
  • Make sure that shoes fit properly to avoid tripping
  • Use reflective tape on costumes or provide children with flashlights, glow sticks or glow-in-the-dark bracelets so cars can see them;
  • Masks should not obscure the child’s vision
  • Face paint is a good option, but be careful to avoid skin and eye irritation
  • Carry only flexible “weapons” (knives, swords and other props)
  • Have your child carry some form of I.D. with emergency contact information.
  • Select a predetermined route for your children
  • Trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods and visit only houses that are lighted
  • Instruct children to never enter the home of a stranger
  • Children should trick or treat in groups and be accompanied by a responsible adult or older sibling
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic
  • Watch for oncoming traffic when crossing a street to visit the next house
  • Remain on well-lighted streets.
Candy safety:
  • Instruct children to bring candy home to be inspected before they eat it
  • Dispose of any loosely wrapped or unwrapped items, or those that have any suspicious-looking marks or punctures
  • Small hard candies, popcorn, peanuts and very sticky candy can be possible choking hazards for children 3 years of age and under
  • Throw away homemade treats.
Driving safety:
  • Drive slowly and watch carefully for children crossing the street
  • Check for children before backing out of driveways
  • With children on the streets, it is especially important to put down the cell phone and not text behind the wheel
  • Keep car headlights on to ensure you see all little ones nearby
  • Be sure to use your child’s car seat or booster seat each time you get in the car, even if you’re only traveling a short distance.

  • If trick-or-treaters are welcome at your home, leave the porch light on
  • Remove any tripping hazards from the lawn and walkways to the home
  • Try using strings or lights instead of candles, which can cause fires
  • Consider healthy food alternatives or non-food treats.
 Taken from expert-tips-for-a-safe-halloween

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