Wishing You a Frighteningly Safe Halloween

10/30/2018

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, count on TRICARE urgent care options 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.

Trick-or-Treating 101

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.

Motor Safety

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.

TRICARE Options

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 roomClick to closeThe hospital department that 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.

Another option is the Military Health System Nurse Advice Line, which gives you the option to discuss your health concerns with a registered nurse in a secure web chat or video chat. You may also speak with a registered nurse 24/7 for no cost at 1-800-TRICARE (1-800-874-2273), option 1. A registered nurse will help you choose the right level of care for yourself, your child or other family member, schedule a military hospital or clinic appointment, and much more.

Remember, who you are and which health plan you’re in will determine how to book an appointment, referral and authorization requirements, and your out-of-pocket costs. Learn more about getting care. Have fun and stay safe this Halloween!

Last Updated 4/26/2019