Fall and Halloween Safety

Fall is upon us here in Florida, and I am sure we are welcoming the cooler temperatures and lower humidity. Plus the winding down of Hurricane Season which thankfully missed Tampa this year for the most part. As we look forward to this season, Wishart Safety wanted to let you know there are some things for you to think about to keep you safe! Get Your Flu Shot

Autumn is the start of flu season, and doctors recommended everyone 6 months and older gets vaccinated against the flu. Learn more about flu prevention and the flu vaccine.

Drive Safely as it gets Darker

Daylight Saving Time ends every year on the first Sunday in November. This means it starts to get darker earlier. As we set our clocks backward by one hour in most areas of the country, be especially careful when driving at night. Check Fire Alarms & Smoke Detectors

When you change your clocks, it's also a great time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

And now to the big event for all those who love Halloween!

Halloween is a fun-filled time for children, but there are many dangers associated with the holiday unrelated to ghouls, goblins and witches. Parents need to take the necessary Halloween safety precautions to make sure their children remain safe while still having fun. Kids love the magic of Halloween, but the COVID-19 pandemic means Halloween may be a bit different this year. You can still have fun! First and foremost, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to ensure your celebrations are safe.

If trick-or-treating is allowed in your area, Family Safety & Health and Mars Wrigley offer some additional precautions and simple steps you can add to your Halloween routine this year.

Costume Safety

To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won't cause safety hazards.

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant

  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks

  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first

  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

When They're on the Prowl

Here's a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these incidents.

Keep these tips in mind when your children are out on Halloween night:

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds

  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you

  • Agree on a specific time children should return home

  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or car

  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends

  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home

Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street

Safety Tips for Motorists all around the Tampa area!

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs

  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully

  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing

  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing

  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

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