Halloween Hazards

Halloween is upon us and the Central Texas Poison Center wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween. To help keep your goblins as safe as possible, we suggest the following safety tips:

  • Wear brightly colored costumes that are made of flame-retardant materials.
  • Use reflective tape on trick or treat bags.
  • Parents should always check all treats before they are eaten.
  • Eat only those treats in their original, unopened wrappers.
  • Throw away candy if wrappers are faded, have holes or tears, or signs of rewrapping.
  • Throw away all unwrapped candy.
  • Thoroughly check fruits and homemade goodies for foreign objects that may have been inserted or injected, such as pins, metal needles or razors blades. Fruits can be cut into several sections to check for tampering.
  • Feed your children before they go trick-or-treating. You can also give your children a small amount of candy or other food item to eat while trick-or-treating so they won't be tempted to eat from the bag before their treats can be checked. Some treats, especially chocolates, can be poisonous to pets.
  • If your children use make-up rather than a mask, watch out for possible skin irritation, such as a rash or itching. If this occurs, remove the make-up immediately and thoroughly cleanse the area with soap and water. Call the Poison Center immediately for further advice.
  • Dry ice can be used in punch bowls but should not be used in individual glasses. Frostbite can occur if skin comes into contact with the dry ice. If this should happen, rinse with lukewarm water and call the Poison Center.
  • Carry a flashlight after dusk and watch for cars. Try to finish before dark.
  • Candlelit jack-o-lanterns should be kept off doorsteps to avoid contact with children's costumes.
  • If you suspect your child has been poisoned, call the Central Texas Poison Center immediately at 800-222-1222. Again, we wish you a safe and happy Halloween.

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