Spooktacular Halloween Safety Tips from Surepoint Emergency Center


Halloween Safety Tips
With the cool crisp air and the beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow the fall leaves put on display, people look forward to pumpkin spice flavored food, jumping in the leaves and fun celebrations such as Halloween. We all have our own celebrations and Halloween traditions with their own traditions, but the history of the fun and spooky holiday will never change. This wonderful Celtic festival dates back to around 2000 years ago. The jack-o-lantern and the pumpkin carvings that we are familiar with today can be traced back to and linked to the well- known legend of Stingy Jack from England. Halloween festivities include pumpkin carving, costumes and candy and will always be a fun-filled tradition for all kids of all ages.

To help make Halloween be trick-free and all treats, Surepoint Emergency Center has some simple Halloween safety tips:

LITTLE GHOUL SAFETY:

  • Light-colored, easy to see at night costumes with reflectors or glow-in-the-dark tape on all sides of bags or front trick-or-treat lanterns is recommended.
  • Flame-retardant costumes are the best option, they will not burn. If the costumes are crafty, using flame retardant material such as polyester or nylon is important.
  • Keep beards and wigs out of the eyes, and off mouths and noses.
  • Nontoxic makeup and face paint is a safer alternative versus masks that can make it challenging to breathe.

Trick-or-Treating the Trouble-Free Way

  • Children 12 years and younger should be supervised by an adult and go out in groups.
    • Make sure the group sticks together.
    • Teach the importance of calling 911 if anyone gets lost.
    • Send out an ID with each of the kids in the group with phone numbers and address.
    • If the porch lights are off, do not go to the house or apartment.
    • Always stay on the sidewalks, not in the streets or alleys
  • Make sure at least one kid or adult in the group has a cell phone.
  • Trick or treat with the younger kids before the older kids go out; know the routes.
  • Take flashlights or lanterns along for visibility.
  • Teach stranger danger and stick to familiar settings and neighborhoods.
  • Always check the treats and toys packaging. If any candy or food is out of date, has torn packages or looks suspicious, toss them out. Do not accept homemade treats that have been made by those you do not know.
  • Younger children should avoid gum or hard candy that are choking hazards.
  • Halloween treats should be available that are food allergy alternatives such as crayons, stickers, pencils, raisins/dried fruits and coloring books.

Guzzling Down Yummy Goodies from Halloween

Keep a tab on the amount of candy and other treats that was collected and do not store treats in the bedroom. Limit the amount of candy and treats that are consumed by the children to one or two treats per day.

Surepoint Emergency Center is the place to go in the event an emergency happens. Even with the best Halloween safety tips being followed, accidents can happen.

Surepoint Emergency Center has an outstanding staff that are all patient focused and is located at 2426 Lillian Miller Pkwy, Denton, TX 76205.

Stretching Tips

Stretching is a fantastic way to improve your flexibility and lower your chance of getting injured. Learn more about stretching and why you should add it into your weekly routine.

stretching tipsThe Mayo Clinic says stretching – holding a muscle in an elongated position for 30 seconds or longer –  can help improve your range of motion and decrease your risk of injury. But stretching cold muscles can do more harm than good. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Don’t stretch cold muscles. Take a walk, a light jog, or a short bike ride before stretching. This should last between 5 and 10 minutes, then it will be safe to stretch. Or, stretch at the end of your workout when muscles are warm.
  • If you’re going to participate in a race or other event, practice dynamic stretching. This is performing movements that are similar to what you’ll be doing. For example, runners can do leg lifts or walking lunges to warm up their muscles.
  • Try to have equal flexibility on each side of your body and try not to compare yourself to others because everyone has a different level of flexibility.
  • Focus on major muscles such as quadriceps (front thigh), hamstrings (back thigh), calves, hips, lower back, shoulders, and neck
  • Don’t bounce. Hold a stretch for at least 30 seconds, and repeat on the opposite side.
  • If you feel pain, you’ve stretched too far. Back off a little and continue to hold the stretch.
  • Research gyms and yoga studios near you for a stretching class if you prefer to have guidance.

The Mayo Clinic recommends stretching two-to-three times a week to maintain your current level of mobility and flexibility. Here are some basic stretches to get you started.