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Safe Halloween Costumes

By: Sarah Grady
By: Sarah Grady

Did you know the number of pedestrians hit by cars is quadrupled on Halloween night? ER personnel say following a Halloween dress code can cut that statistic.

For example, put reflective tape on the child's costume, and have them carry a glowstick and flashlight. Also, make sure your little pumpkin isn't stumbling over their costume.

ER Clinical Nurse Specialist at TMH Terri Repasky says, "The length is important. They step up on curbs and go up and down stairs to homes. Some of them are so long I see kids trip over them."

Masks are not recommended, but if your child is wearing one make sure they can see peripherally. Lastly, accessories such as swords should be fake so an accidental puncture wound can be avoided, and just to be safe, do not carry fake guns.


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