Holidays always present special health and safety risks for families, and Halloween is no exception. To avoid the common accidents and injuries that can arise on Halloween night, read through the tips below and follow these guidelines as you help your child prepare for an evening of trick-or-treating.
Add lights and reflective surfaces to your child’s costume
Your child may want to be sneaky dressed as a ghoul or goblin, but you will want to make sure that he or she is seen on the road while trick-or-treating. LED lights and reflective tape can increase visibility and ensure that your child is safe on the road. You should also avoid costumes made from flammable or synthetic materials that may melt or catch fire, causing severe burn injuries.
Inspect candy before eating
Not only should you make a habit of inspecting candy to look for signs of tampering, but a candy inspection can also help you limit how much candy your child eats to avoid a stomach ache later on. You might supplement candy with more wholesome treats like fruit, whole wheat crackers, and yogurt to encourage healthier eating habits.
Play it safe with fire
Instead of lighting candles in your jack-o-lanterns, you might play it safe with battery-powered lights that will not pose a significant fire risk. Other fire hazards to look out for include dangling décor—spider webs and streamers—as well as decorative lights that can ignite if they overheat.
If you do have holiday emergencies in San Jose , you can rely on the Emergency Department at Good Samaritan Hospital for immediate care with low wait times. You can hear our current wait times or get more Halloween preparedness tips for a safe holiday by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 724-2362.