Waushara County Health News

Halloween Safety

Halloween can be a magical time. Who doesn’t love to dress up and eat lots of candy? But for parents, Halloween can be a time of worry and concern, especially during trick-or-treating.

The National Safety Council reported that in 2015, there were about 6,700 deaths and 160,000 injuries because of people in motor vehicle accidents. About 17 percent of these deaths happened because people improperly crossed roads or intersections and 15 percent happened because the driver didn’t see them.

As Halloween gets closer, here are some tips to keep you and your kids safe:

Trick-or-Treating

• A parent or responsible adult should always go with young children

• If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you

• Agree on a specific time when children should return home

• Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat

• Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home

Costumes

• All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant

• If children are allowed after dark, add reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible

• When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first

• Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

Safety Tips for Motorists

• Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs

• Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully

• Watch for children in dark clothing