2 people died and 4000 suffered personal injuries during Halloween activities last year. 40% of the injuries were lacerations from pumpkin carving. People, especially children, tripping in their costumes and falling caused many injuries as well. Candle fire is also a common cause of injury during Halloween.
Below are a few tips to keep your Halloween celebration fun and prevent it from turning into a real nightmare:
- Do not give carving knives to children but have them helping you by tracing the design with a marker or scooping big chunks with spoons. Be careful yourself when using the carving knife!
- Make sure costumes are not too long and are well adjusted to your children’s size so they don’t trip and injure themselves
- When you buy a costume check for a flame resistant label. Flame-resistant fabrics will resist burning and extinguish quickly
- Prefer costumes of bright or light colors to be more visible to motorists
- Always have a flashlight if you or your children walk near a roadway
- Make sure that hats and masks do not obstruct children’s vision and also make sure that your child can proprely breath through the mask
- Make sure accessories such as swords and knifes are made of soft and flexible material
- make sure an adult checks treats before children eat them
- Use glow sticks or battery operated candles instead of real candles to prevent fire
- If you are using real candles make sure to keep them away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame
- Remove obstacles so trick-or-treaters don’t trip
For more info and tips visit the CPSC website