Medical City Healthcare - October 17, 2018

Halloween should be all about the boos and not about the boo-boos. The scary fact is, reports that kids are more than twice as likely to be fatally hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. Here's how to keep little ghosts and goblins safe from cuts, sprains, burns and more.

Halloween pedestrian safety.

The excitement of trick-or-treating can make kids forget everything they know about being safe around vehicles. Trekking outside at night is different and fun — but only if everyone makes it home in one piece.

If you're the driver, be sure to watch out for kids — especially during the peak trick-or-treating hours of 5:30 to 9:30. Definitely no texting and driving!

More tips to help navigate Halloween traffic safely:

  • Take little ones out while it's still light if possible
  • Provide older kids with:
    • Flashlights
    • Glow sticks
    • Reflective costumes and candy bags (add reflective tape if necessary)
  • Children under 12 should have adult supervision
  • Kids over 12 should trick-or-treat in groups and stick to familiar, well-lit areas
  • Teach kids to follow normal pedestrian safety rules:
    • Always walk on sidewalks and paths
    • Cross streets at corners
    • Use traffic signals and crosswalks
    • Look right, left, then right again before crossing
    • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
    • Watch for cars that are turning, backing up or backing down driveways

Halloween costume safety.

You found it. Or you're crafty and you made it. That amazing Halloween costume your youngster just had to have. But is it safe from holiday hazards such as tripping and lit candles? Here's how to tell.

Safe Halloween costumes include those that are:

  • Flame resistant
  • Close-fitting and sized appropriately to prevent trips and falls
  • Not heavy or bulky
  • Without long, flowing parts
  • Light, bright and easy to see
  • Minus masks (use face paint instead for increased visibility)

More Halloween safety tips.

  • Shoes should be well-fitted, sturdy and close-toed
  • Costume accessories such as swords, wands or similar should be soft and flexible
  • Instruct kids not to eat candy until it has been examined by an adult

If Halloween brings tricks instead of treats, look to one of our many Medical City ER locations across North Texas. With average wait times posted online, if you do have an emergency, you can spend less time waiting and more time on the moments that matter most.

Find a fast Medical City ER near you or visit Medical City Virtual Care for non-emergency medical treatment from your computer or smartphone.

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