Friday, October 24th at 10 a.m.
It’s that time of year. Soon, zombies, ghosts and ghouls, princesses and cartoon characters will invade neighborhoods all across the state, as little ones travel house to house to collect a bounty of treats on Halloween. But experts warn this fun-filled night can pose safety hazards.
Safety starts with your child's costume. Every part of the costume—masks, beards, wigs and clothing—should be made of flame-resistant material. Choose costumes without big, loose sleeves, skirts, or pants legs to lessen the chance of coming into contact with an open flame; make sure your child carries a flashlight and add a strip of reflective tape to the costume for better visibility at night.
Around your home, leave your front lights on so there is a well-lit path to your door. Remove tripping hazards such as planters, hoses and lawn decorations. Keep pets inside, out of harm's way. And place any candle-lit jack-o-lanterns far away from the door so that trick-or-treaters won’t accidentally brush up against them.
Be street-smart! Young children should always trick-or-treat with an adult or a responsible, older child. Instruct children to stay on the sidewalk and out of the roadway. Remind them to walk, not run, and to only go to houses where they know the people inside. At no time should they enter a house.
Remember no snacking while trick-or-treating. An adult should examine all candy first. Feeding your kids a healthy meal before trick-or-treating can help reduce the temptation to snack on those treats too.
For more Halloween safety tips, check out the links on this page and join OU Medicine’s Live Chat Friday, October 24th at 10 a.m. with Dr. Dirk Verbrugghe, an emergency room physician at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.
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