ACCIDENTS THAT LEAD TO THE MOST ER VISITS AT HALLOWEEN AND HOW TO PROTECT AGAINST THEM
Children and parents everywhere are setting up their decorations and preparing their costumes for another fun, exciting Halloween. Professionals in healthcare are doing another type of preparation — they’re preparing for the accidental injuries that will inevitably come their way.
The Halloween season is steeped in tradition and, unfortunately, that also includes a traditional uptick in ER visits. The following three accidents lead to the most ER visits during Halloween:
Burns of varying severity
When you think of the sheer number of candles placed inside jack-o'-lanterns during Halloween, it’s not surprising that burn incidents see an increase during this season. What is surprising is that many people miss easy opportunities to protect themselves and their loved ones from suffering burns.
Dressing yourself and your children in flame-retardant fabrics is a must. When it comes to that jack-o'-lantern, consider lighting it up with a glowstick instead of a candle. It’s safer and will allow you to play with color. Finally, if you simply must have the candle, pay special attention to where you place the pumpkin and keep it away from flammable material like loose paper and curtains.
It’s no surprise there are more incidents of vehicles striking pedestrians around Halloween, with so many small children crossing the street and loads of dark clothing.
To protect your loved ones, equip kids with flashlights and add reflective tape to their costumes. If they won’t tolerate the addition to the costume, add it to their pail instead. This is also a good time to talk your child out of those plastic masks. They’ll be more comfortable in face paint and they’ll be able to see better as well. It's also a great idea to simply go with them. Staying close to your children will help them avoid unsafe practices — like darting between houses and cars.
There are plenty of sharp objects floating around at Halloween — pitchforks, fake knives and even lollipop sticks — and not surprisingly, eye injuries follow.
To protect your kids, avoid costumes with such accessories when possible or choose flexible, soft props. Make some rules that kids must keep their candy in their buckets, keep their sharp objects pointed below the waist and ease up on the running. The candy will be there when they get home and there’s no need to risk a fall.