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This Halloween, the only wounds we hope to see are the pretend kind, from special effects and makeup!

Every year, paramedics treat preventable injuries involving trick-or-treaters.
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This includes falls from poorly-fitting costumes, injuries from being struck by a car, burns from fireworks or cuts from pumpkin-carving.

To keep it fun, make safety a part of your Halloween prep with your kids and teens: answer questions, and encourage them to stick together and help each other out. 

Parents and caregivers should keep a few tips in mind to help keep children safe and have a fun Halloween celebration:

  1. Dress appropriately
    • To prevent falls, make sure your child’s costume fits well and isn’t too long or loose.
    • Use make-up instead of masks, which can obscure your vision. 
    • Use bright, reflective materials like buttons, tape or lights so children are easy to see.
  2. Stick together and stay on the path
    • Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult. Hold hands and watch out for uneven ground, steps or other bigger trick-or-treaters. 
    • Stay on one side of the road, then cross at an identified or safe crossing area and go down the other side. Don’t dodge between vehicles.
  3. Pumpkin carving care
    • Choose a clean, dry, well-lit area to carve your pumpkin, and please, don’t use a big kitchen knife! Take advantage of pumpkin carving kits or use a serrated knife. 
    • Point the blade away from you, and use a short, sawing motion. 
    • Skip the candles - they create a fire hazard - use battery powered/LED lights instead.
  4. Fireworks safety 
    • If you plan to buy fireworks, buy legal ones from reliable sellers. These will have a safety label – read it carefully and follow the instructions and never aim or throw fireworks at other people.
  5. When in doubt, throw it out!
    • Before eating candy (this goes for parents and kids!), check all treats for unsealed, unwrapped or broken wrappers, and review all home-packaged candy. Don’t eat anything if you’re unsure. 
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