Children's safety is always a main concern on Halloween, especially when they are trick-or-treating at night. The New York Police Department shares their tips for keeping your children safe this Halloween.
Here are some scary Halloween statistics: According to the Center for Disease Control, children ages 5-14 are four times more likely to be killed by a pedestrian/motor-vehicle accident on Halloween than on any other day of the year, and according to a nine-year study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, which examined holiday-related pediatric emergency room visits between 1997 and 2006, Halloween is among the top three holidays producing the most ER visits:
- Finger/hand injuries accounted for the greatest proportion of injuries on Halloween (17.6 percent).
- Of the finger/hand injuries sustained on Halloween, 33.3 percent were lacerations and 20.1 percent were fractures.
- Children ages 10-14 sustained the greatest proportion of injuries (30.3 percent).
Sound scary? Here are some things you can do to help stay safe:
Pumpkin Carving Safety
- Never let children carve pumpkins.
- Adults carving pumpkins should use specially designed carving knives rather than kitchen knives, as they are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin skin.
- Carve the pumpkin in small, controlled strokes, away from oneself on a strong, sturdy surface.
- Carving knives should be kept in a clean, dry, well-lit area—moisture on the tools, hands, or table can cause the knife to slip, leading to injuries.
- Halloween costumes should have light and bright colors so children are clearly visible to motorists and other pedestrians.
- Trim costumes and bags with reflective glow-in-the-dark tape.
- Costumes should be flame-resistant and fit properly—if they are too long, kids may trip and fall—trim or hem their costumes as necessary.
- Be sure your child’s vision is unobstructed from masks, face paint, or hats.
- Children should wear sturdy, comfortable, slip-resistant shoes to avoid falls.
- Children should always walk on sidewalks and never cut across yards or driveways.
- Obey all traffic signals and remain in designated crosswalks when crossing the street.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Travel in a group with a trusted adult.
- Trick-or-treaters should only approach houses that are well lit.
- Both children and parents should carry flashlights to see and be seen.
- Be aware of neighborhood dogs when trick-or-treating—these pets can impose a threat when you approach their home.
- Carry a cell phone while trick-or-treating in case of an emergency.
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