Florida Poison Control Centers release Halloween satety tips for trick-or-treating

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.

Cosmetics:

- 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.  


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