Halloween Safety Tips For Your Patients

For many parents, Halloween is a nightmare.  Little ghouls and goblins running around unsupervised canvasing the neighborhood for treats opens the door to danger.  What Halloween safety advice should you share with your patients?

The CDC offers excellent advice regarding simple Halloween safety.  Share this acronym with your pediatric patients and their parents to ensure their precious princesses and spirited superheroes return home safely from an evening of haunted fun.

words, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

void trick-or-treating alone.  Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

asten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

xamine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.

old a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help others see you.

lways test make-up in a small area first.  Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation. 

ook both ways before crossing the street.  Use crosswalks whenever possible. 

ower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. 

nly walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.

ear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

at only factory wrapped treats.  Avoid eating homemade treats given by strangers. 

nter homes only with a trusted adult.  Only visit well-lit homes.  Don't stop at dark homes.

ever walk near lit candles or luminaries.  Be sure to wear flame resistant costumes. 

 

Nurse practitioners, do you have any safety tips to add based on your years of caring for children and their Halloween mishaps?  Please share!