(WTXL) — Halloween is just around the corner and the Florida Poison Information Center is reminding residents of a few trick-or-treating tips to keep families safe during spooky season.
The Florida/USVI Poison Information Center is offering the following advice to avoid potential “horrors” on Halloween:
Glow Stick Safety:
Officials say poison centers receive the most calls regarding glow sticks/glow-in-the-dark jewelry in October.
- Remind children not to chew or break open glow sticks or other glow products.
- Glow stick liquid is minimally toxic in small amounts.
- Can cause skin irritation
- Can cause mouth irritation and nausea if swallowed
- Eyes are especially sensitive to glow stick liquid
Costume Cosmetics and Face Paint:
The primary concern with cosmetics and face painting products is allergic reactions and skin irritation.
- Only use products intended for use on the skin.
- Test makeup on a small area of skin first (like an arm or leg) to check for a potential allergic reaction prior to applying it to the face.
- When applying makeup to the face, avoid the eye area.
- If makeup has a bad smell, throw it out – it could be a sign of contamination.
- Remove makeup and colored hair sprays before bedtime, to prevent eye and/or skin irritation.
A few reminders after the kids get home with their collection of candy.
- Inspect candy and toys to avoid choking hazards.
- Remind children they should only eat treats that are in their original, unopened wrappers.
- Keep candy and chocolate up and away from pets. Candy with the artificial sweetener xylitol in it can be deadly for dogs.
Using Dry Ice Safely:
It’s fun and adds to the spooky factor, but using dry ice incorrectly can lead to serious burns.
- Handle dry ice properly. Wear gloves to prevent frostbite.
- Don’t place dry ice directly in punch bowls or cups. It can burn the mouth and throat if consumed.
- Don’t store dry ice in an unventilated room and don’t close your car windows when transporting dry ice.
- Ingestion or skin exposure can cause significant damage.
The Florida/USVI Poison Information Center locacted in Jacksonville is available 24 hours a day to provide free, confidential, non-judgmental information and treatment advice, including holidays.
If you or someone you know has been exposed to a potentially harmful substance, call 1-800-222-1222.