Boo! Simple Ways to Keep Trick-or-Treating Safe

Trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples and costume parties are just a few things kids love about Halloween. To ensure that your Halloween is nothing but fun and smiles, utilize these simple safety tips:  
Decorate costumes and bags: Use reflective tape or stickers to ensure that cars can clearly see children, especially once it’s dark.
Try face paint instead of masks: Some masks can make it difficult for children to see. By opting for face paint, this will ensure that they can clearly see any hazards.
Make sure costumes fit properly: If costumes are too big, this could cause children to trip or fall.
Light the way: As a way to prevent falls and ensure that children can see where they’re going, have them bring glow sticks or flashlights. This will also ensure that cars can clearly see them.  
Keep distractions to a minimum: Don't let children use electronic devices while walking. If they're distracted, they could trip or fall, or miss seeing a car.  
Make sure to cross streets safely: Instruct children to cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. They need to look left, right and then left again when crossing and keep looking as they cross. They should walk, not run, across the street.
Stick to the sidewalks, if possible: Children should walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, they should walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. They should follow a direct route with the fewest street crossings.
Don’t let children go alone: Children younger than 12 should have adult supervision while trick-or-treating. Those old enough to be out without adult supervision should stay in familiar areas that are well-lit and travel in groups.
By using these simple trick-or-treat safety tips, you will ensure that your Halloween weekend is filled with joy and special memories. However, in the event that you need urgent medical attention, the experts of Gwinnett Medical Center can help. With conveniently located Urgent Care centers, as well as a Children’s Emergency Center, GMC is here to ensure that you and your family stay healthy and safe.  

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