Is your house ready for Trick or Treat?

Many people worry about so many things when it comes to trick or treat, are you kids costumes safe, is the candy safe, do they have a clear safe path to neighbors houses?  Do we take time to worry about our house, and how we can keep trick or treaters safe?  Taking some time to look at safety issues at your house can help ensure a happy Halloween for everyone.  Before any trick or treaters arrive remember to sweep your driveway and walkways.  The fall season brings falling leaves and branches, branches can be trip hazards for young trick or treaters while down leaves can cause a slip and fall.  Double check your placement of decorations.  Making sure the pumpkins and other decorations are off to the side and not in a trick or treaters path can be good for everyone.   Also, don’t forget to double check railings to make sure they are secure.  You can also place friction tape on steps for a better grip. Take a lap around your house and look to see if any maintenance issues could cause an injury.  It can be a good idea while you are walking around the house to take pictures of your house, this can be helpful if you are put in a bad situation of someone saying they were injured on your property.  If you typically use candles to light your pumpkins consider LED lit lights, candles can lead to an accidental yard or even house fires.  LED lit candles can be a much safer bet.  Pull your car in your garage, this can protect you from any possible damages due to the mischief of the night and also protect you from not have someone run into it and suing you.  A lit porch light typically means that you are giving away candy for trick or treat, but do not forget to turn on all outside lights to make the path easier to see and safer.  Consider using a higher watt bulb if your fixtures can handle it.  Check the fixtures to see what is their max rating for watts.  Prior to trick or treating put your pets in a closed room at the back of the house, this will help protect them and your trick or treaters.  Enjoy the holiday and make sure that your guests do to. 

Will you be carving pumpkins this weekend?

Do your weekend plans include carving a pumpkin?  According to American Academy of Orthopedic  Surgeons, “the most common Halloween injuries are severe hand injuries from pumpkin carving and leg and extremity injuries due to falls from long costumes and/or costumes that impair vision.”  Of those severe hand injuries, 41% were caused by pumpkins. (Consumer Product Safety Commission 2017 stats)  Dr Sanj Kakar of the Mayo Clinic, says that “almost one-third of those Halloween hand injuries are among kids 10 to 14, with most happening when people carve pumpkins”.  Before you start to carve your pumpkin prep the area, make sure your cutting area is in a clean, dry and well-lit area.  Always have adult supervision.  Dr Kakar suggests not using a kitchen knife but using specific carving knifes for pumpkins.  Pumpkin carving knifes are designed to not stick to the pumpkin skin which can be safer. If you are planning on lighting your pumpkin, one thing that may be safer is cutting the bottom of the pumpkin to remove the insides.  Cutting the bottom makes lighting placement easier and you will not be tempted to stick your hand inside when cutting the surface. Make sure that you cut away from yourself and use short controlled strokes and use a hand directly opposite of where the cutting is occurring to brace the pumpkin. (safety first consulting)  You can also use non cutting techniques to decorate your pumpkin.  Painting or markers can be a safe way to decorate your pumpkins.  If you do suffer a cut apply pressure to the wound with a clean damp cloth.  UPI health suggests that if the bleeding doesn’t stop in 10 to 15 minutes to seek medical attention.   In 2017 there were 3200 pumpkin carving accidents (CPSC), don’t be a 2019 statistic and stay safe while carving pumpkins.

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2018/10/28/harrowing-halloween-injuries-and-how-to-avoid-them-this-spooky-season/#34016b744683

 

https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2018/10/22/More-than-3000-people-hurt-carving-pumpkins-in-2017/1971540209491/

Halloween is near

This month Halloween is the topic.  Halloween can be an exciting time for children and adults alike.  Trick or treating and Halloween parties can be fun for everyone.  Halloween can also be a dangerous time of the year.  According to theverge.com, about 43% more pedestrians die on Halloween as opposed to any other random autumn night.  In data compiled from 1975 to 2016, a total of 608 pedestrians died on Halloween, 55 of those deaths were children between 4 and 8.  During the month of October it starts getting darker out earlier that helps contribute to these numbers.  The night of Halloween can also see excited kids running into the street from behind cars and adults that may have had one too many drinks.  Reflectors or flashing lights on kids’ costumes can help drivers see children before it is too late.  Encouraging children to look both ways before crossing the street and visiting all houses on one side of the street first before crossing can help.  By visiting all houses on one side you can limit the amount of times a child has to cross the street.   According to Sperling’s Best Places, more accidents occurred in the middle of the block away from crosswalks and intersections.  Adults driving or supervising children are encourage to not use their cell phones so that they can maintain maximal focus, however have your cell phone with you in case of an emergency.   Adults supervising are encouraged to carry a flashlight with fresh batteries according to aap.org.  Also according to aap.org remind kids to never enter a car or someone’s home and to stay together in a group.  If you are driving on the night of your areas trick or treat, slow down and try to stay on main roads.  If you have been enjoying an adult beverage while out Uber can be a great idea for the trip home.  Enjoy Halloween and keep it safe.