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Trip-for-Treat?

Columbus, Ohio – The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping and soon ghouls and goblins of all ages will be celebrating Halloween. To help all residents celebrate the holiday safely, STEADY U Ohio, the state’s comprehensive older adult falls prevention initiative, once again offers its annual list of tips to help ensure that whether you are taking the grand-ghouls out trick or treating, or indulging in some grown-up fun, you don’t let “Trick-or-Treat” become “Trip-for-Treat.”trip or treat

  • If you’ll be accompanying little ones on beggar’s night, carry a flashlight and watch for uneven sidewalks, curbs, debris and other tripping hazards.
  • Fancy dressing is what Halloween is about, but avoid costumes with long gowns, robes or capes that can snag on objects or get tangled up with your feet.
  • Put on a scary face, but avoid masks that limit your peripheral vision and cause you to miss tripping hazards. Use make-up instead.
  • That fabulous footwear might be the thing that sets your costume off, but sensible shoes will be less likely to send you tumbling.
  • Your costume may fit your personality, but does it fit your body? Too loose, it can cause you to trip. Too tight, it can limit your movement.
  • Accessorize for success, but avoid dangling bits of costume that can be tripped on and ensure that props you are carrying won’t cause injury if fallen on.
  • If you decorate your yard for trick-or-treaters, make sure walkways are free of cords and debris and that decorations are far enough away that visitors can’t trip on them.
  • If you’re going for that “big scare,” make sure the area is level and clear of objects to prevent falls when people react.
  • Know how alcohol affects your balance and perception, and drink responsibly.
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious meal before partying or trick-or-treating to make sure you have plenty of energy and to help curb the urge for sweet treats, which can affect blood sugar levels and cause dizziness.
  • For more fall and winter tips to help you or a loved one prevent falls, visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov.