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Halloween Safety Stats & Tips
Over the past three years, CPSC estimates an annual average of 3,200 Halloween-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.
Here’s how the injuries break down:
- 55% were related to pumpkin carving;
- 25% were due to falls while putting up or taking down decorations, tripping on costumes, or walking while trick-or-treating;
- 20% of the injuries included lacerations, ingestions, other injuries associated with costumes, pumpkins, or decorations, and allergic reactions or rashes.
Among the injured, 54 percent were adults 18 years and over, 46 percent were under 18 years old, and about 10 percent of all injuries were to children six years old or younger.
Fire safety is essential year-round, with particular awareness during the holiday seasons. For example, a new CPSC report estimates that candles and electrical cords/plugs were associated with an annual average of 5,600 and 1,600 fires, respectively, from 2017 through 2019.
Stay safe this Halloween by observing the following CPSC safety tips:
- Leave pumpkin carving to the adults. Child helpers can grab a spoon and scoop out the inside or use a marker to trace the design.
- When your jack-o’-lantern masterpiece is ready, use battery-operated lights or glow sticks rather than an open-flame candle.
- If using open-flame candles, keep them away from curtains, decorations, and other combustibles that could catch fire.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
- Wear a costume that fits and avoid overly long or baggy costumes to prevent trips and falls.
- Costumes with loose, flowing fabrics can also be a fire hazard when close to open flames – keep away.
- Reduce fire hazards by choosing costumes made of polyester or nylon fabric and not sheer cotton or rayon fabric. However, any fabric can burn if it comes in contact with an open flame.
- Eye and nose holes in masks should permit full visibility and adequate breathing. Makeup may be a safer alternative to a mask.
- Use reflective tape as a trim for costumes and outerwear to help be seen in lower light. Wearing a brightly colored costume and carrying a flashlight or glow stick can also help brighten the walkways for trick-or-treaters.
- Check out our Halloween DIY video:https://youtu.be/HF3as5MGlzY
- Prevent fires by using battery-operated lights and glow sticks instead of candles.
- Pay attention to the placement of decorations. To help prevent falls, remove obstacles from lawns, steps, and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
- Use CPSC’s ladder safety tips to prevent injuries while putting up or taking down decorations.
- Indoors or outside, only use lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.
Please tell your children DO NOT EAT any candy they collect until they (or you) have checked it very carefully. Also, DO NOT eat anything that looks like the picture below. It could be laced with the deadly drug “Fentanyl” or other drugs.
Driving Safety on Halloween:
Motorists – Please SLOW DOWN when driving through neighborhoods where excited children may be trick or treating. They may not look when crossing the street so please watch for them.
Parents – Walk with your children.
Please obey pedestrian laws, such as:
*Cross at corners where motorists expect you to cross.
*DO NOT Cross between parked vehicles.
*LOOK in all directions before crossing a street. Make sure traffic has stopped, and you’ve been seen before crossing.
*Careful not to wear costumes that could be a tripping hazard or wearing masks that limit your vision.
*Adults attending Halloween parties – Please DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES & DRIVE! Plan in advance for a SOBER-designated driver. It’s not only for your safety but for the safety of those around you.