Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 10:04

Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-373-2391

Health Department Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the most thrilling nights of the year for children, and also one of the most dangerous. As kids embark on their annual night of trick-or-treating, the potential for unintentional injury dramatically increases. In fact, children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. Burns and falls among children also increase during Halloween.

“Children are often distracted by the excitement of the night and the fun of trick-or-treating, and may not think about their safety,” said Serifatu Walton, injury prevention coordinator for the Marion County Health Department and a member of Safe Kids Indianapolis.

As parents and children take time to construct costumes and decorations, the Marion County Health Department and Safe Kids Indianapolis recommend the following:

The health department suggests parents and children consider one of the many indoor Halloween events sponsored by local businesses and community groups as a safe alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.

For further information, please contact Safe Kids Indianapolis at (317) 221-3145.