With Halloween just around the corner, The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to stay safe and offers all ghosts and goblins common-sense tips for safe and healthy trick-or-treating.
Play it safe
Kids are four times more likely to be injured on Halloween than any other day of the year. Simple ways toprotect your child from falls and motorist-pedestrian collisions include:
- Choose costumes with bright fabrics so kids stay visible to drivers
- Costumes should be no longer than the ankles to prevent falls
- Make sure shoes, wigs, hats and scarves fit securely
- Use make-up and face paint rather than masks to allow clear vision
- Remember to cross only at street corners or pedestrian crosswalks; walk, don’t run, from house to house and wherever you cross, watch for traffic
Trick or treat, brush your teeth, give them something good to eat!
Halloween treats are tasty but keep in mind treats high in sugar may contribute to bacterial growth and cause cavities.
You can avoid sugary candies by replacing lollipops, sour candies, jelly beans, toffee, and sugared gum with tooth-friendly choices such as chips, popcorn and pretzels. Tooth-friendly treats remain on the teeth for less time, are low in sugar and easier to wash away with saliva or when rinsing with water.
Don’t let Halloween candy spoil good eating habits
Allowing children to enjoy their Halloween treats as part of a healthy diet will help them control the amount of candy they eat. Think of Halloween treats the same way you do other sweets. Children need to learn to manage candies and sweets and to eat them in proportion with other foods. To avoid over-indulging in sweets, let your child choose only one or two treats at mealtime.
To avoid candy altogether, offer trick-or-treaters fun alternatives including stickers, playdough, stick-on tattoos, toothbrushes, glow sticks, gift certificates or bouncy balls.
For more Halloween safety tips, visit Safe Kids Canada
For information on any public health-related issue or to book an appointment at one of York Region’s public health dental clinics, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933
or visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
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