Halloween Safety Tips
Between the bags of candy, and your neighbor’s over-the-top costumes, what’s there not to love about Halloween? Well, with all of these distractions, you’d be surprised just how many patients we see the week after Halloween from trick or treating-related injuries.
Make the most of Spooky-Season with our 2021 Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips:
Avoid Restrictive Costumes
Any costume that restricts motion, or drags on the ground, can be a serious fall hazard. These costumes can restrict your range of motion and ability to brace in the case of a fall. Consider wearing the costume a few times before the big night, to ensure that it fits properly and to give yourself an opportunity to cut off an loose clothing.
Wear Comfy Shoes
Sorry Mom and Dad, this is the night for your kids to shine and they know it. Prepare yourself for walking long distances and trekking across your neighbor’s yard by wearing shoes that fit you properly and provide adequate support.
Stretching Is Key
Keeping our bodies limber and flexible is one of the best ways to avoid injury. While you may not realize it, Trick-or-Treating (and carrying big bags of candy) provide a full-body workout that you have to be ready for. Try these simple movements before heading out:
- Shoulder rolls (clockwise and counter clockwise)
- Hamstring stretch
- Calf stretch
- Groin stretch
- Side bends while reaching overhead (Lateral Flexion Stretch)
Keep Your Eyes Open
We recommend that you avoid any facemasks that obstruct your vision. In fact, being able to see the ground in front of you is the main factor in avoiding a fall or sprained ankle.
The weather may have cooled down since the Summer months but, amidst adult beverages and long treks for candy, we remind everyone to stay hydrated by bringing a water bottle with you. Set a reminder to drink water before, during, and after Trick-or-Treating.
Worst Case Scenario
Preparation is key, and we are confident that you will have a great and safe Halloween by following these simple tips. In the case that you, or one of your neighbors, gets injured, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We have 19 offices in Northern Virginia and don’t require a Doctor referral in most cases. Most insurances are accepted.
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