Safety is the best Halloween treat

Safety is the best Halloween treat


Halloween is a wonderful and whimsical time of year for kids. Childhood fantasies take flight, but it’s up to parents to make sure their kids stay grounded when it comes to safety.

“Treat your kids to a safe costume, lots of supervision, and some healthy snacks along with the candy,” said Lisa Pardi, R.N., injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Halloween can play tricks on children if proper safety measures are not taken.”

With a little help from mom and dad, Halloween can be a fun-filled evening of imaginary scares. It's the one night of the year when it's necessary, even fashionable, for parents to have eyes in the back of their heads.

All dressed up

Loose-fitting sheets and darkened streets can create tricky situations for boys and ghouls. Yards and sidewalks that serve as play areas during the day may become treacherous after dark when mask eyeholes are too small. Follow these tips for dressing up:

Avoid pedestrian injuries

As armies of trick-or-treaters roam the streets and pound on doors in search of sweet treats, the rules of the road must still be enforced. Even if it means dressing up like a traffic cop and joining the fun, parents should lead their pint-size parade of pedestrians safely into the night.

Trick-or-treating tips

While many dangers your children experience on Halloween are followed by a playful shriek or giggle, walking alone in the dark presents risks no child should experience. At least one parent should accompany children as they make their rounds. Here are some other tips:

Carving a niche

Knives, candles and children are a dangerous combination without appropriate supervision and a little planning. The following tips will help ensure your children and their pumpkins keep smiling through the night.

Home safe home

Before you venture into the dark, make sure the little monsters visiting your house don’t encounter any tricks:

For more Halloween safety tips, watch this podcast featuring Akron Children’s injury prevention coordinator Lisa Pardi, who clearly enjoys the “spirit” of the season:

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