Special to GUIDON
The costumes are ready, and the candy bowls are stocked. But are you and your ghosts and goblins truly ready for Halloween?
Children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Before Halloween evening arrives, learn how to make the night safe for you and your loved ones. And should a stomach pain, fall or any other non-emergency health issue rear its monster head, visit TRICARE urgent care to meet your needs.
Caution with costumes
According to tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, clothing safety is key. For starters, costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant. Steer away from masks because they can obstruct vision or cause kids to trip and fall.
Give your kids glow sticks or a flashlight and fasten reflective tape to their costumes and candy bags. This will help them be more visible to motorists.
Always trick-or-treat with your young children. Make sure older children stick with their friends, and review their planned route with them. Give them flashlights and discuss staying on lit walkways and sidewalks. Also, remind children to look both ways before crossing the street.
Inspect wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious, including anything wrapped by hand.
If you’re driving on Halloween, be vigilant. During trick-or-treat hours, watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Enter and exit driveways carefully, and drive slowly.
In the event of a Halloween illness or injury, TRICARE has options for you, depending on the type and level of care you need. You can seek urgent care or emergency care.
Urgent care clinics offer walk-in services without an appointment. Check to see your health plan’s guidelines for seeking urgent care. If the injury is serious or life-threatening, go to the emergency room.
The hospital department provides emergency services to patients who need immediate medical attention immediately or call 911.
If you’re enrolled in a TRICARE Prime plan, be sure to contact your primary care manager within 24 hours or on the next business day after you receive emergency care.