By 50th Space Wing
It’s that time again when children enjoy dressing up and roaming the neighborhoods in search of some of their favorite candy. Even adults enjoy carving pumpkins, designing or choosing costumes, creating ghosts and scarecrows and turning their homes and gardens into haunted houses and cemeteries.
However, roughly four times as many children aged five to14 are killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year, and falls are a leading cause of injuries among children during the holiday. Many Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if parents closely supervise school-aged children during trick-or-treat activities.
Here are some of the ways you can help make this Halloween safer for everyone:
- Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
- Never let your child go trick-or-treating alone. Ensure if you are not going that they trick-or-treat in a group.
- Plan your child’s entire route.
- Wait until you get home before you allow your children to eat the candy; check the candy before they eat it.
- Be very cautious of strangers, teach your children to be cautious.
- Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.
- Visit only houses where the lights are on.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Don’t play near lit jack-o-lanterns.
- Make sure your child is wearing a flame retardant costume and it is not too long.
- Ensure they walk and do not run.
- Walk on sidewalks and driveways.
- Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk.
- If possible, take a cell phone or ensure at least one child per group has a phone.
- Wear a watch and ensure your children wear a watch.