News Release

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Contact: Public Relations (757) 668-7554

CHKD offers tips for a safe Halloween

NORFOLK, Va.—Halloween offers a night of magic and mystery, but the night it also fraught with hidden dangers. Here are some times to help keep children injury free.

"All Dressed Up..."
  • Costumes should be flame-retardant and fit properly. Avoid oversized shoes, high heels and long skirts or pants that could cause a child to fall.
  • Children who will be trick-or-treating after dusk in unlit neighborhoods should have reflective tape on their costumes and carry flashlights.
"Carving a Niche..."
  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers, then parents can do the cutting.
  • Votive candles are safest for candlelit pumpkins.
  • Lighted pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects and should never be left unattended.
"Sweet Treats..."
  • Children shouldn't snack while they're trick-or-treating. Parents should check treats at home.
  • Watch for signs of tampering, such as small pinholes in wrappers and torn or loose packages.
  • Parents of young children should get rid of choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.
"Home Safe Home..."
  • To keep their home safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Remember that Halloween is for children of all ages... so get involved with your little ghost or goblin!