With witches, goblins, and superheroes descending on Australian neighbourhoods, we offer some Halloween safety tips for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.
Halloween Is Around The Corner
Pumpkin on doorsteps, scary decorations, and incredible candy designs available everywhere can only mean one thing: it is Halloween!
Halloween is a time for wearing fun costumes, spooky scares, and buckets of overflowing treats and candies. But with all excitement going on, people may overlook the risks and dangers that come along with this holiday.
Children and teenagers are more likely to suffer from injuries during Halloween than on any other day of the year.
With all the people running around in the neighborhood in the evening hours and limited light, accidents are just waiting to happen. Some of the common injuries include trips and falls from uneven surfaces, cuts from pumpkin carving, burns from flammable objects, candy poisoning, and, worse, traffic accidents.
Thousands of pedestrian injuries and fatalities occurred on Halloween – making it a real threat, especially for children. Given these scary statistics, it is important to take extra precautions to reduce risk and ensure the safety of all family members during this time of the year.
Top 7 Tips on Halloween Safety
Staying safe is just important as having fun on Halloween. Remember these safety tips for a happy, enjoyable trick-or-treating experience.
The use of Halloween masks can restrict vision, making it difficult for children to see and avoid hazards (e.g., obstacles, naked flames, cars, and bikes).
Instead of using masks, try non-toxic face paint instead and make sure it is fully removed after use to avoid irritation.
Use a costume that fits well, and avoid dress with long trails that can pose a tripping hazard. Also, make sure that the overall costume is not restrictive and allows your child the full range of motion.
Footwear should be secure and comfortable to use all night long. Avoid using high heels or ill-fitting shoes.
Drive Extra Safely
For drivers, practice safe driving by slowing down and being alert in residential neighborhoods. Most children are excited during Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
The popular trick-or-treating hours are between 5 to 9 pm. Be especially alert for kids during those hours, and turn your headlights earlier in the day to spot walking children from great distances.
Set Ground Rules
Children 12 and below should only go out with adult supervision. Before heading out to do some trick or treating, discuss with them all the safety precautions.
These include safe walking guidelines – walking on the sidewalk, staying with the group, and crossing the street at corners or crosswalks. Remind them to only approach clearly lit homes and never go inside anyone’s home or car.
Before your kids eat their collected treats, inspect them carefully for possible poisoning. Discard anything that is not sealed properly and looks questionable.
Check the labels carefully if your child has any known allergies. Remove gum or other candies that could be a choking hazard for younger kids.
Safe Pumpkin Carving
Cuts and bleeding injuries can happen when carving Halloween pumpkins, especially for young children.
For best practices, leave the carving to professionals or adults. For a safer alternative, decorate your pumpkins with paint, markers, and other fun art supplies instead of carving.
Make your home safe by removing any tripping hazards and keeping the sidewalk debris-free. To avoid accidental slips and trips, turn on the porch or outside lights for better vision.
Learn First Aid
Keeping everyone safe is the top priority during Halloween. To do that, learn the basics of first aid, including what to do in an emergency, when to call triple zero (000), how to stock a first aid kit and more.
Halloween is a day that should be filled with surprise and enjoyment. And by following some common halloween safety practices and knowing first aid, we can keep these events safer and more fun.
With a little preparation, you should be able to keep this Halloween holiday more fun than scary.