Wise Health System is committed to promoting health and safety in our communities. The system’s Department of Public Safety routinely provides information about timely safety topics. This information is meant to help you stay safe during your time at Wise Health System and while you are at home or out in the community. These topics include a variety of topics, including weather safety, holiday safety and many more.
October is here and soon the weather and leaves will be changing. The holiday at the end of this month will bring out young and seasoned goblins and ghouls to the city streets in search of candy, tricks and scary houses. This month’s Public Safety Minute will provide several safety tips when trick or treating in your city’s neighborhoods.
- Always choose a material that is made of flame retardant material. Some house decorations might have open flames that can catch the costume on fire.
- Add some reflective tape to the costume or candy bag your child is going to carry. This can prevent a possible tragedy from occurring in some neighborhoods where there can be low ambient lighting or light outages.
- Always make sure children are accompanied by an adult or a responsible person(s). Do not go out alone when trick-or-treating.
- Try to stick to well-lit homes within familiar neighborhoods. In some cities, the police departments, fire department or volunteers will block streets from vehicular traffic for trick-or-treating safety.
- Advise your children not to accept anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Before your child eats any candy, their parents should sift through it and make sure the wrappers are sealed and discard any with broken packaging. If an item looks as if it has intent to harm then contact your local law enforcement agency for investigation.
- Have your children wear comfortable shoes to prevent falls and injuries.
- Make sure all masks fit securely and provide adequate vision and ventilation for trick-or-treaters. This too can help prevent falls, see moving vehicles and prevent overheating of your child.
By adhering to these few suggestions for safety, I hope you have a great start to the fall season and a Happy Halloween.