Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Hazards to be on the Lookout for this Year

As we get closer to the end of October, many schools, organizations and parks will be hosting a variety of Halloween themed events. While this is an exciting time for youngsters to get dressed up in their favorite costumes, it can also be a time when dangers can be hiding all around us.

The Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN) wants you to enjoy your Halloween festivities safely! The TPCN offers parents the following safety tips to help prevent exposures and injuries on Halloween:

Candy and Treats:

·         Inspect all candy for any signs of tampering (examples include: tears, pinholes, discoloration, etc.) before eating or allowing children to eat. If you suspect any candy has been tampered with, please do not hesitate to report it to police.

·         Check all candy and edibles for any possible choking hazards.

·         Children should avoid eating homemade treats from strangers, and any treats that may contain marijuana or other drugs. If you suspect a child has consumed candy containing a drug, call 1-800-222-1222 for immediate assistance.

·         Limit the amount of candy ingested at one time. If too much candy is eaten at once, it can cause tummy aches.


·         Test face makeup on a small area of skin first (preferably on the arm) to check for allergic reaction before applying it to the face. Avoid decorating the face or body with products that aren’t intended for the skin.

·         If applying costume makeup to the face, avoid getting to close to the eyes and make sure to remove all makeup before bedtime to prevent irritation.

·         Throw out any makeup that has a bad smell; this could be a sign of contamination.

Glow in the Dark Jewelry or Glow Sticks:

·         These are usually used by parents to keep kids visible at night while they are trick-or-treating. Be careful as children can break these open and get the liquid on their hands, eyes, and/or mouth.

·         If this happens, wash the affected area with water and/or rinse the eyes thoroughly.

·         If any amount is ingested, contact your local poison center for additional information. 
Check out this video on glow stick safety from our West Texas Regional Poison Center:

Remember the TPCN is here to provide free and confidential information and treatment advice 24-hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-222-1222.

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