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10/19/2016

Halloween Health and Safety Tips from HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital


Highland, IL - With Halloween and trick-or-treating right around the corner, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital - Highland encourages everyone to make the health and safety of their family a priority. 
 
Below, are some tips to ensure a “SAFE HALLOWEEN.”
 
S – Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags, or wear a blinking light to help drivers see you.
E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
 
H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
A – Always test makeup in a small area. Remove before bedtime to prevent skin & eye irritation.
L – Look both ways before crossing the street, use crosswalks where possible. Walk, don’t run!
L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
W – Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked visions, trips and falls.
E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E – Enter a home with a trusted adult only. Only visit well-lit homes; never stop at a dark house.
N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes. 

Media Contacts

Ashley Gramann
Communications Manager
Phone: 618-651-2589
Ashley.Gramann@hshs.org
 
Terriann Tharp
Division Director, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 217-347-1275
terriann.tharp@hshs.org