Staying Safe During the Halloween Season
By Brandi Goodman
October is Halloween Safety Month -- and for good reason. Children are more likely to be involved in a traffic or similar accident on Halloween than any other day of the year. October also sees more deaths by motor vehicle than any other month. More than safety while on the road, other concerns come into play during the Halloween season that need to be considered.
Avoid Dark Clothes and Masks
If your kids are going to be trick-or-treating, try to be sure they avoid wearing dark clothes and masks. Masks are an incredibly common costume accessory, but they can easily obstruct vision and make it difficult to see. This is dangerous at nighttime in particular. Dark clothes are also not ideal because it makes it difficult to be seen by drivers. Bright colors or at least using some sort of reflective tape somewhere on the outfit will help keep kids safe. Glow sticks are also good options.
Since motor safety is especially important during Halloween, people need to understand that driving slowly is best. There will be people roaming the streets going door-to-door. Driving the regular speeds will only lead to problems.
Clean Off Eye Makeup Before Bed
Aside from staying safe outside, it's also important to keep yourself safe and healthy in all aspects. Eye makeup from costumes can be rubbed into the eyes and cause irritation or even damage. Make sure you or your kids clean off any makeup worn before bed so your eyes remain clear.
See a Chiropractor
Fall festivals, apple picking, trick-or-treating events, and more take place throughout the Halloween season. You may find yourself walking quite a bit and participating in activities your body isn't used to. For your safety, it's important to see a chiropractor. Your doctor of chiropractic may be able to remove joint restrictions causing limited motion or pain as well as provide helpful advice on how to maintain your health and wellness through this season and after.
Use extra caution this Halloween season as you drive and be sure your kids understand the importance of safety. The fall is a fun time to be outdoors and enjoying all the season has to offer, but it can also be dangerous if people aren't careful.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santee, Calif.