Halloween Safety Tips For Seniors
When we think of 'Halloween Safety Tips' our first thoughts tend to be towards the safety of our children. Fire-resistant costumes and accessories, using reflective tape if out after dark, and always have an adult accompany young children when walking through the neighborhood or going to community events.
One area that may be overlooked for safety is that of our senior citizens. With the current (as of October 2020) COVID-19 pandemic putting our seniors at a higher risk, and with Halloween being a festive time for visiting friends, families, and even trick-or-treating neighbors, senior safety is of upmost importance.
Following are some tips to help reduce the risk during Halloween for our senior citizens in the Venice, Florida area:
- Follow local community guidelines for events and activities. As every community is different in how it is being affected by COVID-19, what is allowed in one state or town may not be in another. If traveling or a snowbird, check with the local authorities for any restrictions or advice.
- Wear a Mask! If you are wearing a decorative mask as part of a costume, please ensure it is protective or that you have a recommended protective face covering on below it.
- If you are staying home to hand out candy, ensure your home is well lit and that all walkways are clear of trip-hazards or fire-hazards (do not use flame-lit candles outside or anywhere near a curtain or other flammable objects).
- Have someone spend the evening with you, or if you know someone who has dementia or a physical limitation, stay the evening or overnight with them to help them distribute candy and stay safe.
- Use your peephole before answering the bell! Make sure you can clearly see who is at your doorstep before opening up. If you do not feel comfortable opening the door, keep it closed.
- When you are done handing out candy for the evening, put a 'Sorry no more candy!" sign on the porch to discourage more visitors.
Halloween is a fun and exciting time for most, and by following some additional safety tips, it can be for all. Remember that for seniors who are suffering from dementia or have limitations, Halloween may not be that much fun due to noises, and an increase in visitors, door knocks, and doorbell rings. If you are trick-or-treating in a neighborhood, please keep this in mind and be respectful when visiting.