Halloween Eye Injuries
Halloween is almost here and is one of our favorite holidays here at Big Bend Family Eye Care. Come on – who doesn’t like FREE candy?! However, we also like for everyone else to enjoy Halloween as well. One of the best way to enjoy it is to make sure you can ‘see’ where you’re going and do your best when it comes to preventing Halloween eye injuries. Here are a few tips for a safe Halloween night.
- Those little Reese’s can be very tempting to start the nom-nomming, but make sure your little tykes hold off unwrapping those little chocolate bars of goodness. Check for tampering.
- Is it a choking hazard? Some people like to give toys instead of candy (who does that?!!!) Should your little werewolf get something like this, check it out first – it could have small parts that could be a choking hazard.
“Eye injuries during Halloween can be avoided by properly fitted Halloween masks.”
All children under the age of 12 and sometimes even early teens should be accompanied when trick-or-treating.
- Keep candles and jack-o’-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
- Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick- or-treaters.
- Indoors, keep candles and jack-o’-lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could be ignited.
- Indoors or outside, use only 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.
- Don’t overload extension cords.
We want you little cowboys & witches to have fun, but you need to be careful when picking out your costume.
- Look for the label “Flame Resistant”. Whether it is your costume, mask, Duck Dynasty beard and wig, it needs to be flame resistant.
- Your costumes should be light, bright and clearly visible to motorists. Maybe find one that has reflective tape – these glow in the headlights of cars.
- Flashlights are helpful.
- Make sure your outfits and costumes should be well-fitted. If they drag on the ground, this could lead to trips and falls.
- Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made ofsoft, flexible material.
- If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely, provides adequate ventilation, and has eye holes large enough to allow full vision.
- Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from slipping over children’s eyes and obstructing vision.