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Tips from Dr. Campbell on how to be safe this Halloween

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Halloween is Thursday and according to government sources, children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents on the holiday than any other night during the year.

Over the last 21 years, 115 children have been killed while walking on Halloween night. That is an average of 5.5 deaths each year on Oct. 31, which is more than double the average of fatalities the other days.

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

The deadliest hour on Halloween for children is between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. however 60 percent of the accidents occur between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Most common ways to get injured:

Traffic Collisions. Kids in streets plus adults leaving Halloween parties is a dangerous combination. Parents should always supervise young children trick-or-treating to make sure their kids walk on the sidewalks and stop at dangerous intersections. In addition, parents should consider giving their children flashlights and reflective tape so as to make the children more visible. You should also pay attention to hats and other costume accessories that may block a child's field of vision.

Eye Injuries. If you're not careful, you may need to wear an eye patch even when it's not Halloween. Many costumes come with sharp objects like swords, canes, and sticks. Even if these are props, the objects can still contain sharp edges. Children playing with these props may use them like toys, but they can result in serious eye injuries, reports Prevention 1st.

Burn Injuries. Parents should make sure to buy fire-retardant costumes. Many costumes come with oversized sleeves, long capes, and wigs. These costumes pose a serious danger to children when they become exposed to open flames like a candle in a Jack-o-Lantern. Along with choosing the right costume, you may also want to consider replacing candles with safer sources of light.

Most Common Injuries:

The most common Halloween injuries are severe hand injuries from pumpkin carving and leg and extremity injuries due to falls from long costumes and/or costumes that impair vision.

Motor vehicle injuries are also very common on Halloween.  Double the fatality rate than on any other night

A study published in the 2010 journal Pediatrics found that Halloween is the holiday with the fourth highest number of emergency room visits. 

Tips for keeping kids safe:

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers. 

Parents must inspect all candy and make sure that they are in wrappers.  Do not eat any homemade treat or unwrapped candy. 

Make sure that costumes are flame retardant and that costumes are not too long and that kids wear comfortable shoes to avoid tripping

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material. 

Avoid decorative contact lenses unless they are prescription and come from an ophthalmologist. 

Carry a cell phone while trick-or-treating in case of an emergency.

 

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