Your Halloween safety checklist

October 23, 2008 4:42:24 PM PDT
Dr. Dana Weintraub, a clinical instructor in the division of general pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, has some advice before your trick-or-treaters head out the door.

Halloween Safety Checklist:

SEE AND BE SEEN
Carry a flashlight (with fresh batteries)
Make sure costume does not cover eyes
Face paint is great alternative to masks
Wear glow stick or reflective tape

STAY ON YOUR FEET
Make sure costume is not too long
Wear comfortable shoes that fit

FUN (AND SAFETY) WITH NUMBERS
Trick-or-treat in group with family or friends
Adult should accompany young children
Adult should plan out route with older children
Only trick-or-treat on well-lit streets and homes
Do not go inside strangers' homes or cars
Carry mobile phone
Teach children to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency

HEALTHY HALLOWEEN
Eat good meal prior to trick-or-treating or Party
Have adult examine all treats carefully before eating
Do not eat anything that is not in wrapper
Plan in advance with adult how much okay to eat
Trade some or all Halloween candy for Halloween toy
Consider offering non-food treats for trick-or-treaters

FUN TREATS YOU DON'T EAT
Stickers
Stamps
Tatoos
Glowsticks
Mini flashlights
Bouncing balls
Pencils
Erasers
Shoelaces
Bubbles
Crayons
Puzzles
Yo-yos
Slinkies

Helpful links:
http://www.nsc.org/resources/Factsheets/hl/halloween.aspx
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/octhalloween.cfm

Dr. Dana Weintraub Bio:
Dr. Dana Weintraub is Clinical Instructor in the Division of General Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Weintraub received an A.B. in History from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and her M.D. from University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. She completed her internship, residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland. Subsequently, Dr. Weintraub completed a post-doctoral fellowship in General Pediatrics at Stanford University. Dr. Weintraub is Project Director of SPORT, a community-based evaluation of after school team sports as a weight control intervention for overweight children and Medical Director of the Peninsula Family Advocacy Program, a medical-legal collaboration between Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Ravenswood Family Health Center, and Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County..


Load Comments