Keep your kids safe and injury-free while trick-or-treating this Halloween
Halloween is almost here, and for many children, that means their best opportunity of the year stock up on as much candy as possible while marching through local streets with costumes that for some, are months in the making.
For these reasons and more, Halloween is certainly a favorite holiday of many kids. Friendly competitions to out-do one another with costumes and decorations on houses add to the festive nature, and though candy is at the center of the celebration, it also promotes physical activity and camaraderie between friends.
Unfortunately, Halloween also brings about some potential dangers that could lead to injury if certain precautions aren’t taken. Loose-fitting costumes, overly-excited kids running around without acknowledging traffic laws and various other hazards can all turn things sour if someone happens to get hurt.
At Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, we want your kids to stay safe and avoid coming into us with a Halloween-related injury this year. Follow these trick-or-treating safety tips and help make sure the scares and spooks are all in good fun and not from an accident that could’ve been prevented:
- Never let children go trick-or-treating alone; make sure they are walking in groups, and if young enough, with a parent as well
- Stress the importance of using usual traffic safety: walk, don’t run; look both ways before crossing the street; try to only use crosswalks; only walk on sidewalks or the far edge of the road facing traffic
- At night, make sure all kids are visible: use reflective tape or blinking lights on bags and costumes and/or have them use flashlights or headlamps
- Avoid masks if possible—which can make it difficult to breathe and see—and use face paint instead; if a mask is necessary for the costume, make sure it is well-fitting, comfortable and easy to take on and off
- Avoid loose-fitting costumes that can lead to falls and encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes that will be easy to walk around in
- If swords or other weapon-like accessories are necessary for a costume, make sure they’re short, soft and flexible
- Examine your kids’ candy for any potential choking hazards or tampering before letting them eat it and get rid of anything not factory-wrapped
- Only trick-or-treat at well-lit houses and don’t let kids enter any stranger’s house without supervision; 9 p.m. is usually a good cut-off for the night
Keep Halloween fun and safe, and avoid any unnecessary issues by taking these few basic precautions. On behalf of Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, with four locations in Woodbridge, Union, Somerville or Edison, NJ, we wish you a Happy Halloween and remind you to see us for any lingering aches or pains you may be experiencing. Call 732-494-0895 for more information or to schedule an appointment.