Health Watch - Halloween: Safety

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about Halloween. The holiday is about celebrating the scary, but make sure all the scares are just for fun by planning for safety.

Before sending trick-or-treaters out on Halloween night, make sure they’re ready to face the darkness. Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says costumes should fit properly. If costumes are too long, children may trip or fall. Use makeup instead of a mask so children have a clearer field of vision. Costumes should be flame retardant and be bright or have reflectors.

Children should carry flashlights or glow sticks so they can see and so they can be seen in the dark. Trick-or-treaters should travel in groups with adult supervision, and someone in the group should have a cell phone in case of emergency. It’s safest to avoid poorly lit areas and unfamiliar homes.

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October 2010


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