Tips For A Safe Halloween

Stomach aches and cavities aren’t the only hazards associated with Halloween: children may suffer head injuries, fractures, dislocations, sprains and contusions if they aren’t careful, warns orthopedic surgeon John F. Sarwak, M.D., director of the Center of Child Safety at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  ‘Parents should inspect their child’s costumes to make  sure they do not create a personal hazard or impair their mouth or eyes,’ he says. ‘Map out a safe route beforehand and have pre-determined check points.  Make sure your child knows who to call and from where, in case of an emergency.’ The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons also urges parents to equip their children with flashlights so they can see and be seen; make sure costumes are short enough so children don’t trip and fall, and are light and bright enough to be seen by motorists; have trick-or-treaters wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes; and see to it they obey all traffic signals while on their quest for candy.