Halloween Safety Tips

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local NewsAn estimated 41 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 could hit the trick-or-treat trails this Halloween according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The nation’s emergency physicians want all of them to enjoy the holiday traditions safely and not experience any Halloween horrors that would include spending time in the emergency department. ACEP suggests that adults follow these tips for a safe and fun Halloween:

  • All children should be accompanied or supervised by parents or other responsible adults to reinforce all of the safety tips outlined
  • Make sure your child stays on the sidewalks as much as possible (off streets) and obeys all traffic signals.
  • Discuss the importance of staying together in a group. Require at least one adult to serve as chaperone during trick-or-treat gatherings.
  • Make sure your child knows the potential dangers from strangers. Make sure they know never to accept rides from strangers or visit unfamiliar homes or areas.
  • Avoid costumes that could cause children to trip, such as baggy pants, long hems, high heels and oversized shoes.
  • Avoid costumes that obstruct the child’s sight or vision.
  • Avoid masks if possible. If your child must wear one, make sure it is well ventilated.
    For more information on what you need to know before heading to the emergency department, please visit www.ER101.org.

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