Be safe this Halloween

Published 10:51 pm Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Revelers of all ages will be in full costume for Halloween festivities on Wednesday, but it’s important to keep in mind some helpful safety tips for individuals and families alike.

One of the more common mishaps on All Hallow’s Eve is cuts from pumpkin carving, according to Dr. Daniel Salomonsky with a physician with Bon Secours Maryview and Bon Secours Harbour View emergency departments. Salomonsky recommended that the carving should be left to adults and not in the hands of young children, while older kids should be supervised.

When trick-or-treating, check your candy to make sure that the sealed packaging is unbroken, and be mindful of strange dogs and other potential risks when approaching homes, Salomonsky said.

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Most importantly, Salomonsky said, bring a flashlight to make yourselves more visible to oncoming traffic. AAA Tidewater Virginia recommended in its press release that children avoid wearing masks that may block their vision. Reflective tape or bicycle reflectors can be fastened to costumes as well.

“There’s always that concern that your child can be hit by a car, especially at night,” Salomonsky said.

This situation is made much more frightening by millions of adults that plan to party with alcohol this Halloween. A survey conducted by the National Retail Federation reported that seven in 10 adults are planning a variety of Halloween celebrations, including attending a party, according to the press release.

“The Centers for Disease Control notes that on Halloween night, children ages 5 to 14 are four-and-a-half times more likely to be killed by a motor vehicle than any other night of the year,” Georjeane Blumling, vice president of public affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia, stated in the press release.

Those celebrating the mid-week Halloween need to plan ahead for a designated driver, a ride-hailing company or public transit.

“And avoid using hand-held devices, including mobile phones, while driving or walking,” Blumling stated. “Everyone should prevent being ‘intexticated’ while out on Halloween night. Crashes occur primarily between 6 and 7 p.m. during the evening commute home and while young children are going door-to-door.”