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Wyoming Poison Control: Tips for a Safe Halloween


Last year the Poison Center had 282 calls concerning glow sticks. An increase from the year previous. (Photo: Thunderchild7, Flickr.com)

The Wyoming Poison Center has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips, to keep folks, young and old, safe this Halloween Season.  If you do have an issue this Halloween season, the Wyoming Poison center can be reached at 1-800-222-1222.

-One of the most common calls to Wyoming’s Poison Center, this time of year, involves glow-sticks.  Plastic tubes filled with glowing liquid.  Glow sticks make children more visible in the dark while trick-or-treating- but they are soft to chew on and can be easily broken open.  Glow sticks can cause an immediate stinging and a burning sensation if the liquid comes into contact with the mouth or eyes.  Call the Poison Center and a specialist will tell you what you need to do.

-Give out non-edible treats such as stickers, pencils, erasers or other party favors.

-When children trick-or-treat, treats should be carefully checked by adults.  Homemade treats or anything out of its original wrapper should be thrown away unless parents are positive of the identity of the person from which it came.

-Providing children with a full meal before trick-or-treating will reduce the temptation for children to eat treats before they return home.

-Costumes should be warm, well fitting, and non-flammable.  Masks should provide adequate vision and should be removed while children are crossing the streets.  Use inexpensive, nontoxic face paint as an alternative to masks.  All makeup and fluorescent hair sprays should be removed before going to bed.  Consider using reflective tape on costumes worn after dark.

-Serving punch containing dry ice is not considered dangerous as long as the ice is not swallowed in its solid form.  Small pieces should not be put into individual glasses.  Frostbite can occur if dry ice touches the skin or mouth.

-Sponsor a block party as an alternative to wide-range trick-or-treating.  Parties at home can substitute for, or at least shorten, trick-or-treat trips.

-Chocolate is very poisonous to dogs.  Store all candy up and out of reach of animals.  While trick-or-treating stay away from barking dogs or upset animals.

-Make sure children are accompanied by an adult and take a flashlight along if its dark.  All children should stay in their own neighborhood and only go in homes of friends and family.

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