The Florida/USVI Poison Information Center of Jacksonville has released a list of Halloween Safety Tips for parents and children. Trick-or-treating is fun, but its important to stay safe.
Candy and Treats:
- Inspect all candy for any signs of tampering (tears, pinholes, discoloration, rewrapping) before eating or allowing children to eat. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out!
- Check all candy and toys to avoid choking hazards.
- Children should avoid eating homemade treats obtained from strangers.
- Take snacks from your home when “trick or treating” so that your children have safe snacks to eat if they get hungry.
- Only use products that are intended for use on the skin.
- Test face makeup on a small area of skin first to check for an allergic reaction before applying it to the face.
- Avoid the eye area when applying costume makeup to the face.
- Throw out any makeup that has a bad smell; this could be a sign of contamination.
- Remove makeup before bedtime to prevent eye and/or skin irritation.
Other Halloween Hazards:
- Remind children not to chew on or break open glow sticks or other glow-in-the-dark products.
- While the liquid is considered minimally toxic in small amounts, it can cause skin irritation.
- Swallowing glow stick liquid can cause nausea and burning.
- Eyes are especially sensitive to glow stick liquid.
- Never put these products in the microwave.
- Handle dry ice properly and carefully.
- Oral/skin exposure or ingestion of dry ice can cause significant damage.
- Do not store dry ice in the freezer or an unventilated area.
The Florida/USVI Poison Information Center – Jacksonville is available 24 hours a day to provide free, confidential information and treatment advice. Specially trained health professionals are available for questions, or to assess someone who has been exposed to a potentially harmful substance, by calling the Poison Help line immediately at 800.222.1222.