Halloween Safety Tips from the Henry and Stark County Health Departments

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The Henry and Stark County Health Departments, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and CDC offer trick-or-treaters and their parents important safety rules to follow this Halloween. While COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have been relaxed compared to the last two years, public health officials are reminding residents to keep the safety of themselves and children in mind whether they are trick-or-treating or gathering for fall festivities. The most important action everyone can take to protect themselves is to be fully up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations and the updated bivalent booster shots, as well as the seasonal flu shot.

Following are additional safety tips shared by the CDC:

If you are sick or feel symptoms, stay home! Skip the Halloween party and trick-or-treating if you aren’t feeling well. Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Take precautions in crowded or indoor events as informed by your county’s COVID-19 Community Level, like wearing a high-quality mask.

If you’re hosting celebrations, include outdoor spaces if possible and review options for improving ventilation in your home. This can help you reduce virus particles in your home and keep COVID-19 from spreading.

Keep your hands clean. If you’re out trick-or-treating, bring hand sanitizer. If you’re giving out candy, wash your hands frequently

The major dangers on Halloween are from falls and Pedestrian/car crashes.

Motorists:

Watch for children darting in and out from between parked cars.
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.

When Going Out “Trick or Treating”:

An adult or older sibling should accompany those under the age of 12.
Children should travel in familiar areas and along an established route.
Kids should stop only at well lighted houses and should never enter a stranger’s home.
A “trick or treat” return time should be set.
Youngsters should not eat any treat until parents have had a chance to inspect it.

When Buying or Designing Costumes:

Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
Make costumes loose – so that warm clothes can be worn underneath.
Outfits should be made out of light colors and strips of reflective tape should be used to make children more visible.
Consider makeup instead of masks so your youngster’s vision will not be blocked.

For more information on Halloween safety, visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter and Instagram.

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