As Halloween approaches, we can all sit back and remember the excitement as children. You got to dress up as anything you wanted to be, run the streets with your friends (After the street lamps came on!!), AND you got CANDY!!! Buckets, and Buckets, of Candy!! Halloween is a wonderland for children, and one of the most favorited nights of the year.
However, along with the spooky ghouls, princesses, and zombies walking the neighborhoods, there are also real monsters. You can find their trail of un-pleasantries in children’s candy pumpkin buckets. There are also many safety precautions that can be taken to make sure our trick-or-treaters get home in one piece.
In order to keep our little ghouls and goblins safe this Halloween season, Creekside Risk Management would like to share the Center for Disease and Prevention’s, “SAFE HALLOWEEN”
· S – Swords, Knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
· A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
· F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers you.
· E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
· H – Hold flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
· A – Always test makeup in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible eye and skin irritation.
· L – Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks whenever possible.
· L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative eye lenses.
· O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
· W – Wear well fitted masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
· E – Eat only factory wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats wrapped by strangers.
· E – Enter homes only if you are with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
· N – Never walk by lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame resistant costumes.
From all of us at Creekside Risk Management, Happy Halloween AND SAFE Trick-Or-Treating!!!