Halloween Safety

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween is a time when children dress up and roam the neighborhoods in search of some of their favorite candy. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips that adults can do to help make this Halloween a safe one.

Dr. Hill:

Halloween is a cherished tradition but the excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful.

The National Safety Council gives these tips for motorists on Halloween:

Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.

Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.

Enter and exit driveways carefully.

At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

Before children begin trick-or-treating, parents should do the following:

Make sure an adult will be supervising the outing.

Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.

Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas.

Teach your children to stop only at houses that are well-lit and never to enter a strangers home.

Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.

One alternative to taking your children trick-or-treating would be to host a neighborhood Halloween party.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.