10/28/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/28/2021 12:12
Written by Laila Elias, M.D./M.P.H. candidate
with Julie Belkowitz, M.D., M.P.H., Lyse Deus, and Oneith Cadiz, M.D.
It's finally the time of year where costumes, candy, and creepy decorations are everywhere. For many kids, Halloween is one of the best nights of the year -getting to dress up as their favorite character, go trick-or-treating with friends, and eat some of their favorite sweets! While spooky season is an exciting time for everyone, what's really spooky is that according to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than any other day of the year.
Luckily, there are ways to make sure that you and your kids stay safe this Halloween:
Tips to prevent motor-vehicle injuries if you're walking:
Tips to prevent motor-vehicle injuries if you're driving:
Additional tips for general safety:
Lastly, with the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, it is important to take a few extra precautions:
Practicing these recommendations is the best approach to protect your child during Halloween. For more information about Halloween Safety, visit www.healthychildren.org. You can also view the CDC guidelines here or contact the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, a program of the Children's Trust, at 305-243-9080 or online at www.injuryfreemiami.org.
Have a fun and safe Halloween!