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Florida Poison Control Center offers trick-or-treat safety tips

Liberty County Sheriff: Skip the Halloween door-to-door trick-or treating
Posted at 9:53 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 09:55:20-04

(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.

Trick-or-Treating Tips

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.