Health & Safety

October 25, 2013

Stay safe this Halloween

Tags:
Senior Airman GRACE LEE
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

FROM LEFT: Natalia Cardona, 3, Olivia Cardona, 6, and Aleksandra Cardona, spouse of Tech. Sgt. Cayetano Cardona, 56th Maintenance Group programs NCO in charge, look at Halloween costumes Oct. 16 at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. To keep children safe while trick-or-treating, children under age 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Halloween is a night when witches, zombies, werewolves and other mysterious creatures come out to prowl the streets, but the dangers children and adults face aren’t from the monsters.

“Consider this, Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for pedestrians under the age of 18,” said Tech. Sgt. Elliott Velez, 56th Fighter Wing ground safety NCO in charge. “An analysis of data shows the number of fatalities for this age group doubles on Oct. 31.”

Children and adults alike should be cautious when crossing streets, especially at night, said Ben Bruce, 56th FW ground safety manager.

“Be cognizant of the traffic around you and make sure children age 12 and younger are watched by a responsible adult,” he said.

Additionally, one should also have a “safe” costume.

“If you buy your child a mask, make sure they can see through the mask, and by this I mean the eyes should be wide,” Bruce said. “Also your children’s costumes should have some reflective material and should not drag on the ground since this could be a tripping hazard.”

Children’s costume accessories such as a sword, hammer or light saber should be made out of rubber or thin plastic to prevent injuries from occurring, Bruce said.

A good rule of thumb for knowing which houses are participating in the Halloween festivities is making sure the porch light is on, he said.

Parents should also tell children to not eat any candy until it’s been inspected.

“Once you’re home, sift through the candy and make sure it’s wrapped and there is no evidence of tampering,” Bruce said. “Also watch for candies that your child may be allergic to. If you receive fruit, check the skin for damage and before consumption, wash it in water.”

For adults 21 and over, Bruce advises to enjoy the spirit of Halloween but not so much the “spirits” of the holiday.

“Enjoy the activities but don’t overindulge, especially if you’re driving home,” Bruce said. “Always have a plan. Use the rule of zero underage drinking, zero driving under the influence, one drink per hour and three drinks maximum. This will help prevent you from binge drinking.”

Another family friendly alternative to Halloween is Hallelujah Night 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel. The event is free and includes food, candy and activities including face painting, a rock wall, a pony carousel and a bouncy castle.

Trick-or-treat hours in base housing are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information concerning safety issues on Halloween, call wing safety at 623-856-6104.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Lightning II debrief …

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Senior Airman Roger Combs, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, downloads information from an F-35 Lightning II engine at Luke Air Force Base. Since 2010, more than 1,800 maintainers have been trained on the F-35. The first production F-35A rolled out of assembly in February 2006 in Fort Worth, Texas. Later...
 
 
Courtesy graphic

Commons provides ‘crib’ for Airmen

Courtesy graphic The Community Commons concept design. Renovation has begun and will be completed in May 2016. The Luke Air Force Base Community Center, Bldg. 700, where the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Wellness Center resi...
 
 

How do you stack up?

With upcoming changes to the enlisted performance report and Air Force promotion system, it’s important to understand how you stack up against your peers, not only within your job, but within your unit as well. The days of receiving time in grade and time in service points are numbered. They are being replaced with a...
 

 

CCAF offers jump on education

The Community College of the Air Force was established in 1972 to recognize academic achievements for technical training by Air Force schools. It awards an associate in applied science degree to enlisted members of the active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command who have completed the course work. Degree programs are...
 
 
Johnny Saldivar

Roberson takes command of AETC

Johnny Saldivar Lt. Gen Darryl Roberson, Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks during the AETC change of command ceremony Tuesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Roberson is a command pilot who has mor...
 
 
4_150710-F-NQ441-5x7-036

Salutes and Awards

FWSA announce awards The following individuals are quarterly awards winners: 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies Airman: Senior Airman Leanne Mathews NCO: Staff Sgt. Natalie Nelson Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Deanna Commack Company gr...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>