Fall and Halloween Safety Tips!

Fall Safety Tips!

Children going back to school, the crisp air, and beautiful foliage can only mean one thing:  Fall has arrived!   Whether you enjoy fall by exploring the great outdoors or prefer to observe its beauty through the comfort of your own home, these safety tips will help keep you and your loved ones safe:   

 Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.  Remember to use a designated driver if you consume alcohol at any of the great sporting events and festivals this fall.        

 Always wear your helmet while biking.  It doesn’t matter where or how long you are riding, wearing a properly fitted helmet can save your life.    

 Look both ways before crossing the street.     

Leave your cell phone alone while walking, biking, and driving.


Sunscreen and bug spray are still important!  Remember that the weather may be cooling down, but the Sun is still strong enough to damage your skin at any time of the year.              

Always keep a close watch on children near grills and open flames.

Fall back!  Sunday November 4th is daylight savings.  Remember to turn your clocks back and also change the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.  Get in the habit of changing your batteries and making sure these life-saving devices are functioning each daylight savings period.           

Electrical outlet covers should be used when infants and small children are present.      

Trick-or-treat in groups, follow traffic signals, and eat only factory-wrapped candy to keep your Halloween spooky and safe.  Get more great trick-or-treat safety tips here. 

Youth or elder. Falls are a leading cause of injury, including falls from high above or low to the ground.  Prevent high falls by using window guards to protect young ones, keeping stairs safe by using baby gates, handrails, and keeping stairs clear of clutter, and reminding loved ones to avoid walking on wet leaves

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.  

Below are tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.  

Going trick-or-treating?

  Two girls in halloween costumes - Halloween health and safety tips

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.  

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.  

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.  

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.  

 

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.  

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.  

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.  

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?

● Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.

● Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.

● Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.

● Keep candle-lit jack-o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.

● Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone!

For more information on Halloween safety

  • Halloween Food Safety
    Party food safety advice from the manager of the U.S. Department ofAgriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline.
  • Halloween Food Safety Tips
    Steps to help your children have a safe Halloween, and tips for Halloween parties, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Halloween Safety Tips
    Stay safe this Halloween with safety tips from the U.S. Consumer ProductSafety Commission. 

Content Source: CDC Office of Women’s Health

http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

 

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