Staying Warm and Safe on Halloween
- Posted by Barrington Hills
- On October 30, 2023
A different type of Halloween chill is predicted for tomorrow afternoon! The National Weather Service has forecasted possible snow bursts with wind chills between 18 and 25 degrees during Trick-or-Treating hours. But don’t let the “boos” get you down; “fright” back by being prepared!
Franciscan Health recently shared their safety tips for staying warm on Halloween:
ADD LAYERS: Children have a lower tolerance for cold weather. Dress them in several thin layers that will keep them warm and dry.
ACCESSORIZE: Add warm boots, gloves, hats, mittens and scarves to children’s costumes. Hats and scarves should be securely fastened to keep them from slipping over their eyes.
BE SEEN: Wear reflective clothing, add reflective tape to outerwear and candy bags, and be sure children carry a flashlight.
LIMIT TIME OUTSIDE: Children lose heat more quickly, so they are more at risk for frostbite or hypothermia. Outdoor time should be avoided when temperatures or wind-chill is less than 15 degrees. Set a reasonable limit on the amount of time spent outside and/or arrange for regular indoor breaks to warm up.
EXERCISE CAUTION: Drivers should be extra cautious, keeping an eye out for trick-or-treaters walking in between cars or crossing in the middle of a block instead of at the crosswalks. Know who is walking with your children and be sure they carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.
The tips above are a quick summary taken from the posting Tips for Staying Warm and Safe on Halloween.
For further explanations on each tip or for Trick-or-Treating Alternatives, Halloween Safety Around the Home and Halloween Safety on the Streets, visit the link Tips for Staying Warm and Safe on Halloween.