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10/19/2016

Hospitals offer Halloween health and safety tips


EAU CLAIRE and CHIPPEWA FALLS – With Halloween and trick-or-treating right around the corner, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals encourage everyone to make the health and safety of their family a priority.  

"Many kids will be out trick-or-treating while it is dark when it is more difficult for drivers to see them,” said James Concannon, M.D., Medical Director of Emergency and Urgent Care Services at Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Hospitals.

There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. “Children younger than age 12 should not be alone crossing streets on Halloween without an adult,” added Concannon. “If older kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, parents should make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting."

Below are more safety tips the two hospitals recommend to help ensure children in our community have a safe Halloween:

S – Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible. 
A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags, or wear a blinking light to help drivers see you.
E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. 

H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
A – Always test makeup in a small area first. Remove before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
L – Look both ways before crossing the street, use crosswalks where possible and walk, don’t run!
L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
W – Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked visions, trips and falls.
E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E – Enter a home only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit homes; never stop at a dark house. 
N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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