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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall safety tips

Fall safety tips

Fall is a time for fun and treats; however, injuries among children increase at this time of year. Many Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if parents closely supervise children during trick-or-treat activities.

Parents can help prevent children from getting injured at Halloween by following these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Safety Council.

Children should:

  • Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches
  • Travel in small groups accompanied by an adult
  • Attach name and address to costumes
  • Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them
  • Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards
  • Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks and do not cross between parked cars
  • Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant
  • Consider using face paint instead of a mask which could obstruct vision
  • Avoid wearing long, baggy or loose costumes or oversized shoes to prevent tripping
 
Parents and adults should:

  • Supervise children
  • Clear porches, lawns and sidewalks and place jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and landings
  • Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys as treats to young children
  • Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it
 
Motorists should:
  • Drive slowly
  • Watch for children in the street and on medians
  • Exit driveways and alleyways carefully
  • Have children get out of cars on the curbside

 
And a few tips about pumpkins:

  • Carve pumpkins on stable, flat surface
  • Children should draw a face on the outside of the pumpkin and let parents do the cutting
  • Place lighted pumpkins away from curtains and other flammable objects
  • Do not leave lighted pumpkins unattended
 
     
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