Child Safety

Good To Know!

As children live their fantasies this Halloween, parents should make safety a reality with these tips from the Physicians at Temple Pediatric Care, the pediatric primary care practice for Temple University Health System.

What to Wear

  • Masks can obstruct a child's vision. Make sure eye holes are large enough to allow full vision. A safe alternative is to use make-up or face paint that is non-toxic and hypoallergenic.

  • Costumes should be flame resistant and fit properly. Avoid oversized shoes and high heels. Skirts and pants should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.

  • Children who will be trick-or-treating after dusk should carry flashlights. Trim costumes and candy bags with reflective tape, which glows in the beam of automobile headlights.

Carve with Care

  • Children under the age of five should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers, then parents should do the cutting. Under parental supervision. older children can carve with pumpkin cutters equipped with safety bars.

  • Place lighted pumpkins on a sturdy table that is away from curtains and other flammable objects.

  • Never leave a candlelit pumpkin unattended.

Screen those Sweets

  • Don't allow children to snack while trick-or-treating. Check all treats for signs of tampering, such as small pinholes in wrappers and torn or loose packages. If you're not sure throw it away.

  • Limit the amount of sweets a child eats in one day.

  • Parents of young children under two years of age should get rid of choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies and small toys.

Safe Houses

  • Only approach houses lit with outside lighting as a sign of welcome.

  • Never enter houses or apartments.

  • Children should walk, not run, from house to house.

  • All children should trick-or-treat with an adult.

Your Home Safe Home

  • Keep your property safe for visiting trick-or-treaters by removing obstacles such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.

  • Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.

  • Sweep wet leaves from sidewalks and steps.

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