Ensure your little pumpkins stay safe this Halloween and hopefully you will not need these Halloween First Aid tips.

Expect to seeHalloween pic 1 ghouls, witches, cowboys and spooky skeleton costumes aplenty  as Halloween festivities get started around Ireland

Be Seen

The evenings are shorter and darker at this time of the year, be sure you can be seen my motorists.

Wear reflective arm bands and/or reflective tape added to outfits to help ensure visibility.

Be sure to give motorist and all road users sufficient time to stop and pass.

When available always use a designated crossing zone.

Never cross between cars or on a blind corner.

Dressing for the weather

While trying to create the perfect costume, it’s easy to overlook how to stay warm.

Tights are an ideal way to keep your children warm and they come in a variety of colors.

Be conscious of what their character might wear is a one way to come up with acceptable outerwear.

Make sure the costume is the right size to prevent trips, falls and to keep them warm.

Sweets can present a real choking hazard sweets image

Never allow them to run around with sweets in their mouths.

Check your child’s Halloween stash before allowing any sampling.

Only allow young children to consume sweets in your presence.

Store trick-or-treat sweets in a spot regulated by an adult.

Little devil is bobbing for apples when she chokes, what would you do?

Firstly, if they can cough encourage them to cough (partial obstruction). If they can’t cough or breathe it’s a full obstruction and proceed to the next stage below.  

Give up to five back blows. Hit the child firmly on the back between the shoulder blades up to five times. If that doesn’t dislodge the object, move onto step two.

Give up to five abdominal thrusts. Hold the child around the waist and pull upwards and inwards above their belly button.

Call 999/112 if the object does not dislodge. Continue with the cycles of back blows and abdominal thrust until the object dislodges, help arrive or the child becomes unresponsive.

Stay safe and have a fun Halloween