Pro Consumer Safety reminder that on before you go to sleep on Halloween Night, to set your clocks back one-hour and remember to change your batteries when necessary on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Because on Sunday, November 1, 2015  at 2:00 am the time will change back to 1:00 am.

Remember:
  • MOBILE DEVICES: Not all mobile phone carriers change the time forward right at 2:00. So the time on your mobile device may vary. Allow for this if you set the alarm for in the morning
  • SMOKE ALARMS/CARBON MONOXIDE (CO)DETECTORS: This is a great time to  check and/or change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
 
 
Halloween Night! An estimated 40 million children will participate in Halloween celebrations tonight. Second to Christmas, Halloween ranks second, with Americans spending $6.9 billion on Halloween decorations and costumes. With the increased popularity of Halloween and with Halloween falling on a Friday this year, even more children and adults will be out participating in Halloween activities tonight. Unfortunately with this popularity also increases the risk of injury. The most significant risk to children are motor vehicles, and especially those pedestrians after dark. Drivers must be on high alert.

PREVENTION WORKS! Attention drivers, parents & caregivers! By working together and following these guidelines, we can help to keep Halloween from being the most deadly night of the year for children.
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Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Follow the before, during and after guidelines.

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Drivers Be Aware!

  • Slow down
  • Be alert-watch for kids
  • Drive safe-not distracted
  • If you drink: Designate a sober driver or have a sober friend or taxi drive you home


Deadly risk: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the number of pedestrian related fatalities among children increases significantly on Halloween. On Halloween night, children ages 5-14 are 4.5 times more likely to be killed by a motor vehicle than any other night of the year. These crashes occur primarily between 6-7pm. Both darkness and speed contribute to the elevated risk of pedestrian deaths with an increase of seven times greater on high-speed roads, five times on urban side streets and three times for slower local roads.
Injury risk: Halloween also includes the highest number of childhood Emergency Department (ED) visits compared to Christmas and July 4th. Ages include 14 and younger with two-thirds being boys and 96.9% are treat and release from the hospital. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics the most common Halloween related-injury that bring children to the hospital include: 1) motor vehicle/pedestrian crashes, 2) falls-resulting in eye injuries from sharp objects, hand fractures and tripping from costumes, and 3) burns from flammable costumes.

 
 


The Fall season is upon us and Pro Consumer Safety releases its annual Halloween Fact Sheet to inform practitioners, educators, and related public agencies, schools, hospitals and organizations on Halloween related injury risks, prevention and downloadable educational material for parents and children.  

An estimated 40 million children will participate in Halloween trick-or-treat celebrations on Halloween night in the United States. In addition, decorating and preparations for Halloween is second to Christmas, with Americans spending $6.9 billion on Halloween decorations and costumes.  Unfortunately along with Halloween celebrations and decorating, is the increased risk of injury. 
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INJURY RISKS

Fatalities: Halloween night is most fatal for children ages 5-14. On Halloween night children are 4.5 times more likely to be killed by a motor vehice than any other night of the year.

Hospitalizations: Halloween also has the highest number of childhood Emergency Department (ED) visits compared to Christmas and July 4th. The most common childhood injuries include:
  1. Motor vehicle/pedestrian injury
  2. Falls (resulting in eye injuries from sharp objects, hand fractures and tripping from costumes)
  3. Burns from flammable costumes
  4. Cuts & lacerations from pumpkin carving
  5. Home fires/burns from decorations

PREVENTION & EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

These fatalities and hospitalizations are preventable. Pro Consumer Safety provides educational materials that include safety tips to help keep children and families safe this Halloween. Each can be downloaded at the links provided on the Halloween Fact Sheet. These include:
  • Halloween Decorating Safety
  • Trick-or-treat Planning
  • Halloween Night Safety

CONTACTS

For media inquiry and other questions call 323-491-6197 or email Media@ProConsumerSafety.com