October 25, 2013

Marshall Medical Center offers Halloween safety tips

LEWISBURG, Tenn. – Halloween is an exciting time for young people. To help ensure the night is as safe as possible, Marshall Medical Center offers the following safety guidelines for trick-or-treaters and those enjoying other Halloween festivities: 

  • Costumes should fit well and allow the wearer to see and hear well.
  • Consider using reflective tape on your costume or treat bag to allow others—including motorists—to see you.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Stay with a group that is being supervised by an adult.
  • Use a flashlight and walk along sidewalks where possible.
  • Visit only well-lit homes. Never enter a home for a treat and never accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Parents are encouraged to examine all treats before allowing a child to eat them.
  • Exercise caution when using candles in jack-o-lanterns or luminaries. Keep these objects out of the walking path and away from any flammable material. Make sure that these objects are placed out of the reach of small children. 

In addition to safety rules, keeping good nutrition in mind can benefit children and adults alike, according to Dr. William A. See III, D.O., a board-certified pediatrician associated with Family Health Group Pediatrics in Lewisburg.

“Be sure that your children eat a well-balanced meal before heading out on Halloween. They will be less likely to fill up on treats,” said Dr. See. “If you are hosting an event, consider offering healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables and cheese as well as low-calorie drinks.”