Doctors stress trick-or-treating safety

Caring For Our Kids

Halloween is one of the most fun and exciting nights of the year for children, but there is ONE scary statistic we should all know. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. It’s also a busy holiday for hospital emergency rooms.

Dr. Katy Stordahl with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital says the types of injuries that can send kids to the hospital on and around Halloween include a head injury from being hit by a vehicle or falling, cuts or lacerations from pumpkin carving, and burns from open flames from candles or lighters.

Stordahl suggests leaving pumpkin carving to adults and using battery operated candles rather than flames. Trim costumes to the correct length to prevent falls on the big night, and add reflective tape to costumes so kids can be seen on Halloween.

Always trick or treat with an adult. Older children should not be expected to watch younger kids. Skip the masks. They prevent children from fully seeing their surroundings. Have kids carry glow ticks or flashlights so they can be seen by driers. Cross the street at corners and trick or treat on one side of the street before heading to the other, instead of going back and forth.

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