Halloween Safety Tips

Sayre, Pa. – It is many children’s favorite time of the year, and why wouldn’t it be? Dressing up as their favorite super heroes and princesses, free candy, roaming around town with friends – what more could a kid ask for?

The Trauma Center at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and the Pennsylvania Division of the American Trauma Society remind you that while trick-or-treating is great fun, both adults and children need to remember the importance of safety.

Here are some tips to make Halloween a fun and safe night:

• Parents must escort young children while trick-or-treating.
• If older children are going trick-or-treating with friends, tell them to not eat any of the candy until a parent or adult has checked that the treats are in their original wrapping and that wrapping is not torn or already opened.
• Visibility is another important issue for trick-or-treaters. Parents/older children should carry a flashlight. This way, motorists can see your group.
• Children who are wearing masks should take them off while crossing streets or walking to the next house for goodies.

Have a terrifyingly safe trick or treat night with family and friends! For more information on Trick-or-Treat night safety, contact the Pennsylvania Division of the American Trauma Society at 1-800-822-2358.

Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Guthrie Corning Hospital, Guthrie Troy Community Hospital, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.