Knox County Tennessee

Halloween Safety Tips

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Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

Fall celebrations like Halloween are fun times for children and families. They also provide an excellent opportunity to give out healthy snacks and treats, get physical activity, and focus on safety. Here are 13 great tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our Healthy Weight staff.

  • Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Always walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape or lights to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat by saving some for a later day or by visiting fewer houses.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first before applying it to large areas of skin. Remove all make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
  • Eat only store bought treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses and never accept rides from strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests? Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie snacks and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables and cheeses.
  • Consider giving out stickers, toys or other non-edible treats instead of candy.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o' lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended. Consider using battery powered candles instead.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
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    Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

    Main Clinic
    140 Dameron Ave,
    Knoxville, TN 37917
    865-215-5000

    Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Please Note:

    On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
    On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
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    Knoxville, TN 37923
    865-215-5950

    Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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