Heimlich Heroes Blog


Oct 21, 2019

Halloween Can Be Scary and So Is Choking! Be Prepared for Both!

Your guide to Halloween Safety!

With Halloween right around the corner, and while it is a fun holiday, it's a good idea to be aware of possible dangers you might encounter... and not the fake kind! Without further ado, here is a list of Halloween Safety tips:

1. PEEK-and-BOO!
  • Make sure your child can SEE while wearing their costume.
  • Masks and other facial pieces can inhibit vision.
  • You can often achieve a cool look with face paint or makeup instead of a mask!
2. Sweets Supervision
  • Only let your children eat candy under supervision.
  • This might seem like a no-brainer, but many choking incidents occur when children are eating candy, and nobody is around to help them if they start choking.
  • Don't let children eat candy in the car. It is difficult to supervise them eating candy while driving and they could begin choking.
3. Buddy System
  • Don't let children go trick-or-treating by themselves.
  • Little kids should always have an adult with them

4. See and Be Seen
  • Make sure you have reflective tape, flashlights, or glow sticks to ensure you can see and can be seen by drivers.
5. Stay on the Step
  • Children should never enter a stranger's home

6. Follow the Rules of the Road
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks if possible.
7. Bundle Up!
  • Make sure to check the forecast and dress appropriately so you can enjoy your time out instead of being uncomfortable
8. Ask for Help
  • If you get lost or need help, police officers are always out on duty during designated trick-or-treat times and will be able to give assistance.
9. Check Your Candy
  • Pour out all your candy and check for anything that looks open, homemade or repackaged, throw it out!

And Always Remember – Don't Run with Food in your Mouth

Did you know choking is the 4th leading cause of accidental death in the United States? Be mindful when you are eating and chewing. If you don't know how to help someone who is choking, check out our videos.

Be safe and have fun!