Halloween Tricks And Tips
It’s Autumn half term, leaves are falling everywhere, a gorgeous time of year. So much fun to be had with fancy dress, sweets and treats. We have a few important tips to make sure you all stay safe and it goes with a bang for all the right reasons.
Halloween Health Tips
- Try to avoid any mishaps in the first place.
Of course children will always do the one thing you least expect but try to be prepared. So be careful where you place candles. Keep matches and fireworks away from inquisitive hands.
- Have fun with fancy dress but choose carefully.
There have been some tragic well publicised accidents on the dangers of fancy dress costumes recently. It’s important to check the label on clothes. Those labelled as a ‘toy’ are tested to less rigorous standards. Look for clothes that have passed tougher testing to meet the British nightwear flammability standard (BS5722). You should be able to find this on the label.
- Candles are beautiful but …
Children can easily get over excited on too many sweeties and having candles around is a dangerous combination. Actually, I think we should probably include adults in this warning too. Consider using a clever alternatives such as small LED ‘candles’ for your pumpkin.
- If the worst happens know what to do quickly.
-Stop things getting worse by getting them away from the source of heat as soon as possible.
-If there are flames smother them with a blanket or pour on water. In a very serious situation the person should drop to the floor and roll. You could make teaching your children this a fun rainy afternoon game.
-Remove any objects such as clothing and jewellery. They can retain heat and so make a burn worse. If anything is stuck in place then it’s best to leave it alone.
-Use water to cool the burn. Don’t use ice or any other home remedies such as butter, they can worsen the burn. The best and easiest thing is a cool running tap for 10 to 30 minutes. If the person starts to feel cold, make sure the rest of them is well wrapped up to keep warm.
-Cover the burn. Clingfilm is a great first aid treatment found in most kitchens. Put a new large strip over the burn, you don’t want to wrap it tightly. It’s clean and transparent so a doctor can still look at the burn if needed.
Think about whether you need to see a doctor. Blisters can indicate a more serious burn so it’s sensible to check these with a doctor. You should go to an emergency unit straight away if it was an electrical burn or any large burn (bigger than the person’s hand). Very deep burns (these often appear white or charred and can be painless) or those in very sensitive areas such as face, hands or genitals should also be checked over by a doctor.
- Trick or Treat in safety.
If letting older children out alone, a group is usually more fun and there is safety in numbers. But even the most sensible group of teenagers can get a little over excited. Maybe a few parents can follow at a distance. Or organise a set route around local families’ houses. Also just have a think about their outfit. Sending them out head to toe in black might make them very hard to see crossing roads, a bit of reflective tape might add a fashionable touch to their outfit and make them visible.
- Paint them a pumpkin face not a rash.
Be careful choosing face paint. It should be specifically designed for children, and ‘non-toxic’. Even older children may end up with lots of lipstick on their sweets so you want to avoid nasty chemicals. Think about testing face paint on a small area of skin a few days before. If your child has sensitive skin or any history of allergy or eczema then it is especially wise to think about a small ‘patch test’ to avoid any unexpected reactions.
Have a great time whatever your doing this Halloween. Enjoy all the fireworks and fun.
Dr. Lucy Hooper