Halloween is a time to dress up and have fun with friends, but it’s also the number one day of the year for childhood falls. Many Halloween-related injuries can be prevented by following these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Safety Council:
• Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards.
• Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks and do not cross between parked cars.
• Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame resistant.
• Use face paint instead of masks.
• Avoid wearing long, baggy or loose costumes or oversized shoes to prevent tripping.
• Travel in small groups with an adult.
• Go only to well-lit houses and do not enter the house.
• Carry a cell phone and know how to call 911.
• Adults should inspect candy before letting kids eat it. Discard any unwrapped candy or open containers. Do not eat any unwrapped candy.
• Use flexible costume knives and swords.
• Motorists should remember to drive slowly and watch for children in the street.
• When carving pumpkins, have the children draw a face on the pumpkin and have an adult do the carving.
• Place lit pumpkins away from curtains and do not leave lit pumpkins unattended.
If you have an emergency call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, call the Tempe Fire Department at 480-858-7200.