Halloween safety tips for kids and adults

Halloween at Botsford HospitalHalloween is an exciting holiday for children as they are dressing up in fun costumes, zipping from door to door or trying to keep up with other siblings and friends. These things combined can make them vulnerable to injury as well.

To make sure trick-or-treaters stay safe, our Injury Prevention Coordinator, Rhonda Thompson, RN compiled some helpful safety tips.

Safe Kids USA recommends that children:

  • always trick-or-treat with an adult until at least age 12
  • only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit
  • cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • look left, right and left again when crossing; always walk, don’t run, when crossing streets
  • make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up
  • walk on sidewalks or paths; if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible
  • never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars
  • wear light-colored, flame-retardant and properly fitting costumes decorated with retro-reflective tape or stickers
  • wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls
  • carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers
  • wear face paint and makeup instead of a mask; which can restrict a child’s vision

Drivers need to be extra careful to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters as well, by following these recommendations:

  • be especially alert in residential neighborhoods
  • drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road
  • be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances
  • take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle
  • enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • remember that children are excited on this night and may move in unpredictable ways
  • remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30-9:30 p.m.
  • reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians

Additional Tips:

  • burn candles with caution and never leave them unattended
  • teach children to stay away from candles and watch that costumes do not get too close to the open flames
  • only enter the homes of people you know IF you are with a trusted adult

Please remember to be safe during Halloween and don’t forget to have some fun as well!

For additional information on child safety please visit safekids.org

Rhonda Thompson, RN, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Botsford Hospital Trauma Services, (248) 888-2586 or rthompson@botsford.org

About Rhonda Thompson, EMT, RN

Rhonda Thompson, RN, is an injury prevention coordinator at Botsford Hospital in the Trauma Services department. She is also a certified emergency medical technician.
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