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President's Prescription: Halloween

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The U.S. Census bureau estimates more than 40 million American children and teens go trick-or-treating each year. This week Dr. Tedd l. Mitchell tells us how to avoid accidents this Halloween.      

Vampires, ghosts and goblins should be the scariest part of Halloween. Unfortunately, this popular holiday is full of frightening dangers, ranging from pedestrian accidents and falls to burns and poisonings.      

To keep Halloween fun and safe for everyone, follow these simple rules:

  • Be sure kids' costumes are made of fire-retardant material.      
  • Avoid flowing costumes that are easy for a child to trip in and are hard to walk in.
  • Put reflective material on dark costumes so they're visible to traffic.      
  • Have your children carry flashlights. This helps prevent stumbles and makes kids more visible to traffic and others.
  • Inside each young child's costume, place a nametag with home address and phone number in case the child gets lost.      
  • Young children should trick-or-treat with a responsible adult.
  • Plan a specific route, and stay in familiar areas.
  • Set a time for older children to be back home.
  • Discourage late-night trick-or-treating.      
  • Drive slowly on Halloween, and be on the alert for kids in dark costumes.      
  • Don't let kids eat their loot while out trick-or-treating. Everything should be brought home and inspected first. If any wrapping looks suspicious, or if you have other concerns about whether a treat is safe to eat, throw it away.      

 To find more Halloween safety tips, visit the centers for disease control and prevention at   http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween.

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