Straight, No Chaser: Halloween Health Tips
Are you taking the young ones trick-or-treating this year? Straight, No Chaser and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) want you to have a safe halloween. Today and tomorrow’s posts will offer safety tips and treatment considerations in the event something goes wrong.
Remember: have a SAFE HALLOWEEN!
Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. Objects don’t have to have the consistency of a knife to stab or otherwise impale.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them – slow down! Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk; don’t run from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first in case an allergy may been present. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street, and use crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes. The idea is to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats, and throw away homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests? Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:
- Provide healthier treats such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. Get creative as to keep things festive.
- Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for participants to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
- Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
- Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
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