Health Watch -- The Spooky Season: Halloween Safety

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Halloween isn't too far away, so it's time to be thinking about how you can enjoy the spooky season. This week on Health Watch, we'll offer some health and safety tips for Halloween.

Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says some precautions will help keep your Halloween safe and enjoyable. Choose costumes that are labeled flame retardant, and make sure masks, wigs or fake beards fit well so they don't slip and cover eyes. Put reflective tape on costumes and treat bags, and carry a flashlight to be sure you're seen. Children should trick-or-treat in groups with adult supervision. They should stick to sidewalks, avoid darting between parked cars, walk instead of running, and look before crossing the street. Avoid unfamiliar homes and check treats at home before eating them.


October 2006

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