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Parents, we know you know the drill when it comes to keeping your kids safe.
But, sometimes a friendly reminder helps keep awareness on the forefront. Especially on Halloween—a day and night that’s all about fun.
But, of course parents want to know the best ways to keep their kids and teenagers safe on Halloween. That’s what parents do!
“There are many different safety issues to take into consideration, such as making sure children are not out late unsupervised,” said David Schwebel, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham psychologist, director of the UAB Youth Safety Lab and associate dean for Research in the Sciences.
Don’t keep those little monsters out too late. OK, that’s an easy one—especially since this year’s All Hallow’s Eve is on a school night.
In addition to the no brainers, here are some safety concerns you might not be thinking about:
On the older hand, setting a curfew is a good reminder for any monster, like those kids at heart, too. You know, the ones old enough to imbibe.
Nobody wants a hangover! Or worse … So, this is worth noting to your precious zombies of legal age. Text your college kid to call an Uber while you’re at it. You may just save them from a dreaded D.U.I or something more serious.
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital’s Shilpa Register, O.D., Ph.D., says Halloween can be a time when eye safety is often overlooked.
“Costume makeup has become trendy in recent years, but remember to test it on a small spot first to confirm there are no allergic reactions,” Register said.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends makeup rather than masks, which can block the child’s vision. Also, all too often we see patients who purchase decorative contact lenses at beauty shops or gas stations, which can result in eye injuries or even blindness.”
According to Andrew Pucker, O.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Optometry, it has been estimated that more than 1,000 emergency room visits per year are associated with decorative contact lenses.
“We need to work toward preventing decorative contact lens injuries through educating our patients about the potential health risks associated with poorly fitting lenses and improper lens care,” Pucker said.
The bottom line? Use common sense and follow the directions. Your kids’ eyeballs will thank you later.
“Overall, we need to urge our patients to use common sense and make safe choices while they are having their Halloween fun.”