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Have A Safe Halloween Everybody

1-halloween-interior-decorationThe California Poison Control System offers some useful tips for a safe & healthy Halloween.

  1. Many parents purchase glow-in-the-dark jewelry and glow sticks to keep their children visible while trick-or-treating in the dark.  Children may break open these glow sticks and get the liquid on their hands and in their mouths.  The liquid can be mildly irritating to the skin or eyes but is not likely to cause harm if a small amount is ingested.
  2. Tell children not to eat treats until they return home and all items have been inspected by an adult.
  3. Limit the amount of candy ingested at one time.  Too much candy can cause stomach discomfort, and sugars and other sweeteners can act as laxatives when consumed in large amounts.
  4. If your child brings home a brand of candy that you are unfamiliar with, throw it away.  Some imported candies have high levels of lead that can be harmful.
  5. Candy that is unwrapped should be discarded immediately.
  6. Fruit treats should be washed and cut open before being eaten.
  7. Homemade treats should be discarded unless you know and trust the individuals who prepared them.
  8. Little pieces of candy are potential choking hazards for small children.
  9. Torn, loose, or punctured wrapping may be a sign of tampering. If you suspect tampering, this should be reported to local police.
  10. Some Halloween makeup contains lead as do many regular cosmetics. Make sure you check Campaign for Safe Makeup for safe makeup to use on your children.
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