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.
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:
- Motor vehicle/pedestrian injury
- Falls (resulting in eye injuries from sharp objects, hand fractures and tripping from costumes)
- Burns from flammable costumes
- Cuts & lacerations from pumpkin carving
- 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
For media inquiry and other questions call 323-491-6197 or email Media@ProConsumerSafety.com