Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Trick–or–Treating Safety Tips

Halloween is by far the most fun filled night of the year for children and yes, for adults too, let’s face it, what can be better than dressing up, staying up late and eating a ton of yummy treats?

But, there is a scary side to Halloween that tops any ghost, goblin, ghouls, or things that go bump in the night, we are of course referring to accidents. Sadly, we at Altus Emergency Centers know all too well how devastating these can be.  This year, we would like to ensure that all enjoy the fun of Halloween without the dangers by practicing good trick-or-treating safety tips.

Horrifying Halloween Facts

  • Kids are twice as likely to be hit by a motor vehicle and sustain serious injury or even death on Halloween night than any other night of the year.

  • Kids with severe food allergies are especially vulnerable during a trick-or-treat run.  As much as they can’t wait to enjoy a bite of delicious candy, please remember that food safety is an important part of trick-or-treating safety.

  • Elaborate costumes especially those that include long or loose-fitting clothing, masks, or props such as swords, can impair vision and make it difficult for a child to move, increasing their risk of falling and injuring themselves.

  • Carving a pumpkin is a dangerous affair, especially for small kids, deep cuts that require stitching are common this time of year.

  • Severe burns from a candle lit Jack O’ Lanterns are all too common.

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

As frightening as these facts are, you need not worry, the heroic staff of Altus Emergency Centers is here to help you avert the terrors of the night, follow our trick-or-treating safety tips, and enjoy a fun night with your family.

  • Our first trick-or-treating safety tip is important at all times, not only on Halloween.  Never let kids under 12-years of age go trick-or-treating alone if you cannot accompany them, make sure a trusted adult is with them.

  • If you have older kids that will be going out on their own, make sure they are traveling in a group, and follow their route with the use of the GPS tracking system on their phones. Agree on a specific time they should return home.

  • Plan your route in advance, if possible avoid heavy traffic areas. Stick to a route you and your kids are familiar with.

  • Choose costumes that are bright or attach some reflective tape to the costume and trick-or-treat bags to increase visibility and help motorists spot your kids from a distance.

  • Make sure shoes are comfy and well fitted, trick-or-treating could take you several blocks away from home, comfy shoes are necessary to prevent blisters.

  • Masks can block or limit eyesight, making it difficult for your child to navigate and increasing their risk of injury, to avoid this consider using non-toxic makeup and well-fitted hats instead.

  • Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no allergic reactions, if your child suffers one, take him/her immediately to the nearest Altus ER Center for treatment.

  • Remove all makeup before your kids go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.

  • When out shopping for costumes, wigs, and other accessories, make sure the label clearly states they are flame resistant.

  • The next trick-or-treating safety tip begins with costume selection to avoid potential injuries associated with falling.  Ensure your child’s costume is the appropriate length, long costumes increase the chances of your child tripping and hurting themselves.

  • If possible avoid costumes with weapons, but, if your child won’t have it any other way, make sure swords, knives, guns, etc. are short, soft, and flexible.

  • Never use over-the-counter decorative contact lenses, as these can cause pain, inflammation, infections, and other serious eye disorders which may lead to permanent vision loss. All contact lenses should be prescribed by an eye care professional.

  • Teach your kids how to call 911 or any other emergency number if they get lost or feel they may be in any sort of danger.

  • Instruct your kids to never get into a stranger’s car.

  • Tell your kids not to eat any treats until they return home, especially if they have food allergies. Inspect all treats before allowing your children to consume them.

  • Limit the number of sweets your kids can eat at once, hide the candy and allow them to consume it a little at a time over the next few days or weeks.

  • Never let small children carve a pumpkin, instead have them draw a scary face on it with a marker.

  • Choose to light up your Jack O’ Lantern with a flashlight, battery operated led light, or glow stick instead of a candle.


No Need to Fear When Altus ER is Here

Have a Fun & Safe Halloween!

Altus Emergency Centers wants you to have a fun and safe Halloween, follow our trick-or-treat safety tips but know that accidents can happen even when you are being careful, which is why we will be here to take care of you and your loved ones on the scariest night of the year and every other night too.

Should you or someone you know require immediate ER care, it is never the time to wait in line for hours or drive long distances.  Give yourself the best possibility to get well.  If you or someone you know need emergency medical assistance, visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center immediately.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency.

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National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month – Help Us Save More Lives

Help Us Save More Lives

National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month

Sudden Cardiac Arrest claims the life of a person every two minutes, and yet most people don’t understand the difference between sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack. Mortality rates for patients who suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) outside of the hospital or emergency center are estimated to be as high as 90%. For this reason, the staff of Altus Emergency Centers joins the nationwide efforts to raise the public’s attention to this deadly condition.  This National Cardiac Arrest Month, we hope to teach our communities so that together, we can help save more lives!

Alarming Facts of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

  • According to American Heart Association’s “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2017” The annual incidence of EMS assessed non-traumatic out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in 2015 was estimated at 356,500.

  • 9 out of 10 of victims who suffer an OHCA don’t survive.

  • SCA is the third leading cause of death in the US.

  • More than 65% of Americans not only underestimate the seriousness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) but in fact believe it is a type of heart attack.


The Difference Between a Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The best way to describe a heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) in non-medical terms is to describe it as a plumbing issue. A heart attack occurs when the heart’s blood supply is blocked or reduced causing parts of the heart muscle to become injured or die.

During a heart attack the victim is conscious and the heart continues to beat, patients may complain of one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain or discomfort.

  • Shortness of breath.

  • Pain or discomfort in the one or both upper extremities, with the pain spreading to the shoulder, upper back, neck, or jaw.

  • Nausea, sweating or lightheadedness.

  • A sense of anxiety.

In contrast, sudden cardiac arrest is best described as an electrical problem that prevents the heart from functioning adequately and causes it to suddenly stop beating. As a result, the victim will lose consciousness and appear lifeless, in some cases, there can be abnormal gasping which can last a few minutes, or seizures during the first 10 to 20 seconds after collapsing.  These immediate telltale signs of alert are triggered as the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen.


How Can You Help Us Save More Lives?

When it comes to sudden cardiac arrest time is critical, if the victim does not receive the immediate help they will die within minutes. Here is what you can do to:

  • As soon as you notice someone losing consciousness, call 911.

  • Check for vital signs (pulse, breathing), if you don’t find any, immediately start CPR, don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive.

  • If available, use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

While it is best to be trained in CPR and the use of an AED, any person can provide lifesaving care by applying rapid compressions to the middle of the victim’s chest.  Aim for 100 beats per minute with minimal interventions, try humming the Bee Gee’s hit “Staying Alive” to get the right rhythm, if you have an AED at hand follow its directions.

Don’t hesitate to provide what lifesaving care you can, the worst thing you can do is to do nothing while you wait for the ambulance to arrive. Sudden cardiac arrest victims can survive if they receive immediate CPR and are promptly treated with AED’s, but it needs to be done within 3 to 5 minutes after collapsing.

Once the paramedics arrive and stabilize the patient, instruct them to transport the victim to the nearest Altus Emergency Center where there is no wait time and the patient will receive immediate care significantly improving their chances of survival.

Nearly 1 in 3 Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survive when the episode is Witnessed by a Bystander.

The staff of Altus Emergency Centers is committed to saving as many lives as possible.  We are committed to education, prevention and awareness to help reduce the loss of lives as a result of out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and sudden cardiac arrest.  We encourage you to spread this valuable information with others as the next life that could be saved is yours.


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We Are Just Around the Corner When You Need ER Help

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to be a part of our Texas communities. We believe that together, we can help build a happier, safer and healthier Texas!

Should you or someone you know require immediate ER care, it is never the time to wait in line for hours or drive long distances.  Give yourself the best possibility to get well.  If you or someone you know need emergency medical assistence, visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center immediately.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency.

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