Halloween Injury Statistics Every Parent Should Know
While Halloween is a fun and festive holiday, it is important for parents to be aware of potential safety risks.
Halloween Injury Statistics
- On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween.
- There are approximately 2.6 children pedestrian fatalities each day, but on Halloween, that number more than doubles to 5.5.
- Children at the highest risk of injury on Halloween are between the ages of 12 to 15 due to lack of adult supervision.
- 32% of child fatalities on Halloween are between 12 and 15, and 23% are between 5 and 8.
- The most Halloween pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 3,200 people visit the emergency room due to Halloween-related injuries. Those injuries break down as follows:
- 55% are caused by pumpkin carving.
- 25% are due to falls while trick-or-treating, from tripping on costumes, or while hanging decorations.
- 20% are miscellaneous situations like lacerations, ingestions, and other injuries related to costumes, pumpkins, decorations, allergic reactions, and rashes.
- Of these injuries, 46% were children under 18.
- Approximately 23% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involve a drunk driver.
Halloween Safety Tips
Trick or Treating
- Opt for costumes that fit well to prevent tripping hazards.
- Use makeup instead of masks that can obstruct vision.
- Attach reflective tape or stickers to costumes and bags.
- Use glow sticks or flashlights to increase visibility, especially in low-light areas.
- Accompany children under 12 years old.
- Hold hands when crossing streets and use designated crosswalks.
- Choose a familiar and well-lit neighborhood with light traffic.
- Remind kids to look both ways before crossing streets and encourage them to make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
- Approach driveways with caution, and remind children to watch for cars backing out.
- Make sure kids unaccompanied by adults know how to call 911 or reach out for help if needed.
- Inspect all candy and treats for any signs of tampering or unusual packaging.
- Supervise children and provide them with child-friendly tools that are age-appropriate and safe.
- Choose a well-lit, spacious area for carving. Ensure there is enough room for everyone to work comfortably and safely.
- Before carving, double check the work surface, tools, and hands are dry to prevent the tools from slipping.
- Cut a flat surface on the bottom to prevent it from rolling or tipping over during carving.
- Drawing a design on the pumpkin’s surface with a washable marker before carving can help children plan their cuts and minimize mistakes.
- Have a first aid kit nearby in case of minor cuts or injuries.
- If you’re concerned about the risks of carving, consider using alternative decorating methods like painting or stickers.
- Consider using battery-operated LED lights rather than candles.
Stay Safe During Halloween This Year
By following these safety tips, parents can ensure a fun and safe Halloween experience for their children. Happy trick-or-treating!