Joshua Matthew Abzug, AAOS spokesperson and hand surgeon at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, warned that in the eager anticipation of Oct. 31 and the trick-or-treating that the day culminates with, safety often gets overlooked.
“Sometimes safety is the last thing on the agenda when having fun,” Abzug explained. “Before hitting the streets, parents should educate themselves and their children on the dos and don’ts to ensure safety while trick-or-treating. For example, they should watch out for vehicles, distracted walkers, poorly lit houses and other dangers.”
The following are some other trick-or-treating recommendations from both AAOS and POSNA:
- Avoid dark-colored costumes that can be hard for motorists to see. Ideal colors that are more easily identifiable include orange, yellow and neon hues.
- Consider outfitting your kids with a reflective vest and have them hold a flashlight so they can see and be seen.
- If boots are too clunky, shoes and sneakers should have plenty of grip and traction to avoid slip and fall accidents.
- Children under the age of 12 should always be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
- Make sure that loose-fitting costumes – or those with added features, like a cape or frills – are not too long as they could be tripping hazards.
- Steer clear of houses that don’t have adequate lighting, both on the home and in the driveway.
Avoidable injuries are at an all-time high