Keeping Safe this Halloween

October 30, 2017 at 11:57 AM

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Halloween can be a fun time for kids but before you send your little ghouls and goblins out on Halloween night, be sure they're prepared for a safe and fun evening.

Some safe Halloween practices for you to follow:

  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help divers see you.
  • If it's getting dark have flashlights / torches whilst trick or treating to help you see and others see you.
  • WALK don't run from house to house.
  • Be sure to wear flame resistant costumes.
  • Wear well fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
  • Keep an eye on your kids to ensure they're safe. Safekids.org and NZ Police both have great tips for keeping safe this Halloween.

Also, with all the bite size treats that fill our supermarkets and shops it's a good time to re-educate ourselves about the causes and emergencies care techniques for choking.

Choking can occur when a solid foreign object enters the narrowed part of the airway and becomes stuck. On inhalation, the object can be drawn tighter into the airway and block air from entering the lungs. 

A combination of five back blows between the shoulder blades followed by five chest thrusts over the breastbone can help pressurise the air in the chest and pop an obstruction out of the airway. If the person collapses and becomes unresponsive commence CPR and phone 111. 

Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone.

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Category: Safety & First Aid

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