Say 'Boo!' to Halloween Health Scares with Tips from Blue Cross

Oct. 11, 2019

As Oct. 31 draws closer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is sharing tips on how to celebrate Halloween the safe, fun way. 

Be careful on the road. Accidents on the road are the most dangerous part of Halloween. Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year. As a driver, go slowly and be aware of your surroundings. Make sure to keep your headlights on and watch out for trick-or-treaters. 

If you’re walking around on Halloween, put away your phone and other distracting devices. Watch out for cars. Make yourself more visible at night by choosing a light-colored costume, wearing a reflective piece of clothing or decorating your costume with reflective tape. Remember to carry a flashlight.  

Trick-or-treat safely. Make sure your children know they should never enter a stranger’s home or car. If older kids are going out without you, they should go in a group and have a mobile phone with them. Remind kids to wait until they get home to eat their treats. 

If you plan to give out treats, keep your home safe. Clear away objects that trick-or-treaters could trip over and keep the lights on outside your home so visitors can see where they are walking. Put your pets in a room or the yard so they will not jump on, trip or attack any guests. And, consider using battery-operated candles for your decorations to avoid a fire hazard. 

Be conscious with costumes. Avoid wearing a mask, which can make it harder to see at night. If you use costume makeup, make sure it is hypoallergenic. Don’t share makeup with other people, as this could spread bacteria. Never use costume contact lenses that do not require a prescription. These cool and creepy contact lenses often pop up in costume stores and even gas stations around Halloween, but be wary: They can lead to serious eye issues such as scratches, sores, infections or even vision loss.

Blue Cross shares more Halloween safety info and tips in these short videos:

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. We invest both time and money in the communities we serve, supporting the health and wellbeing of Louisianians through more than 200 charitable organizations.

With our subsidiaries, HMO Louisiana and Southern National Life, we provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to one out of four Louisiana residents. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana also provides Medicare supplement and Medicare Advantage plans and is a partner in offering the Healthy Blue Medicaid Managed care plan. Louisiana is the only state where we operate, with offices in every major region to serve our customers.

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