Stay safe this Halloween!
Happy Halloween everyone! I won’t ruin this post with talks about sugar or making Halloween healthy (but feel free to read the other posts about those topics). I want to address some ways to help keep trick-or-treating safe and dispel some myths that might distract you from the real issues.
Needles, razors, and drugs. Oh my!
The biggest concern around Halloween is dangers in the candy handed out, but these concerns are largely unfounded. In fact, no cases of strangers killing or permanently harming children with tainted candy have ever been found. The sad truth is these urban legends are based on a few rare cases where a family member is responsible and they use it as an attempt to cover their tracks.
Strangers handing out drugs that look like candy is another legend that has no evidence. Illegal drugs are expensive, and a stranger is highly unlikely to hand out thousands of dollars’ worth for free. A more common concern is edible marijuana treats in the home that kids mistake for candy. If you’re in a state where these are legal, please keep them secured from children. Marijuana, including edible treats, are still illegal federally and in the state of Kansas.
Now, you should still inspect your child’s candy for several different reasons. For starters, it gives you an excuse to either regulate the amount of candy your children consume during the holiday or, if you’re in mischievous mood, take some good pieces for yourself. You can also use this time to search for small non-edible toys or candy that might pose a choking hazard for small children. Just don’t let this be the only safety concern you focus on during Halloween.
Real safety concerns of Halloween
The biggest concern for Halloween is pedestrian accidents. Over 40 million children go trick-or-treating and this increase of pedestrians greatly increases the risk of accidents. This is the largest cause of injuries on Halloween. Consider visiting a local trunk-or-treat for the holiday instead of walking along the street. These typically occur in blocked off parking lots or streets and can include extra activities in addition to candy collection. You can also consider decorating your child’s costume with some reflective tape around the edges of sleeves, hoods, and collars to increase visibility.
Speaking of costumes, falls are another common injury. Ensure that your child’s costume is not to long to create a tripping hazard and that masks fit properly and are well ventilated. Loose masks can reduce the visual field and make it easy for your child to trip over objects or miss steps.
Carving pumpkins has an inherent danger due to handling knives, but many over look the fire dangers around candles we place inside them. Never leave burning candles unattended. Try using a battery powered LED light instead. Be careful when trick-or-treating to stay away from open flames, especially with flowy, flammable costumes.
From all of us at Null Chiropractic, have a happy, and safe, Halloween!
Don’t let the scary urban legends distract you from the other safety concerns this Halloween. Be careful around cars, flames, and make sure your costume is safe this season.