Halloween Safety Tips
by Curtis Hu
Halloween can either mean high spirits or hiding behind the door, enjoying the loneliness. For excited adolescents, trick or treating goes against everything parents teach; we knock on strangers’ doors, ask for candy, and eat junk and sweets. Children run around the neighborhood jeopardizing basic street safety rules. Many more factors contribute to Halloween being dangerous. With so much doubt and potential dangers, is trick or treating safe?
For the youth, Halloween is a leap from what you are taught. According to Time, the concern arose from 1950s, when a women gave out dog biscuits and ant poisons to older teenagers. Rumors of tampered candy and razor blades in taffy apples have spread to many’s ears. This is really a myth commonly mistaken for something possible.
Many rumors fly around about the hazards of Halloween, but the reality is that this misconception is not responsible for the majority of the injuries. According to ABC news, the major problem with trick or treating is simply traffic and street safety. “We see twice as many kids killed just walking [on Halloween] than on a normal day.” says Purnima Unni, the manager at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital. Running around on the streets on a dark night, can be very hazardous for you and the driver. Simply prevent this by knowing and following street regulations and bringing a flashlight.
The joyous holiday brings along drunk drivers and their reckless driving. According to NHTSA, between “2007-2011, 23 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.” Make sure to be careful around cars anytime on the festive night.
The second most decorated holiday also means garnishing the house with candles and lights. According to ABC, this could be especially dangerous as many injuries occur because of fire and electricity. Prevent this by placing your candles away from people and flammables. For house lights, make sure the wires are not frayed or damaged, and make sure it is certified for outdoor use.
Some other possible hazards include, as mentioned by CBS, candy. Candy should be well examined or even discarded. LA Times tells us to carefully examine fruits, homemade treats, and wrapped candy for any defects. Look out for marijuana-laced candy by checking common goldfishes, gummy bears, or if they have a marijuana leaf on it. Police departments across the country warn parents to look out for bright colored sweets that may look somewhat like a pill. Ecstasy pills now come in many shapes, but could look like smarties. Though they are rare, the Jackson Police Department says “When in doubt, Throw it out!!!”
Halloween is very widespread and should be a very fun experience for many. No matter how you spend it, always consider the consequences of some actions. Remember to follow traffic rules and be careful of drivers. Decorations can be nice but also a hazard too. Make sure the night is as safe as it can be by taking precautions.