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Follow These Tips to Stay Safe on Halloween
10/24/2011

ALLEN, Texas — Pumpkins are everywhere, the air is crisper, and youngsters are dreaming of turning into cheerleaders, witches, and Disney characters in anticipation of Halloween. While Halloween can be a time of exploring imagination and exciting fun for children, parents need to explore simple steps to protect their children.

“The last thing we want is for a family-fun-night or trick or treating to turn into a visit to a local emergency room,” said Dr. Theresa Olfson, medical director of the emergency department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. “Children should always be accompanied by an adult when walking down the street, especially since busy neighborhoods that are full of vampires and superheroes, also have more cars than usual. Once the candy loot is brought home parents need to examine each and every piece to make sure it is OK for the child to eat.”

The American Red Cross recommends that children:

  • Stay on sidewalks and out of the streets
  • Do not hide between parked cars or cross the street between parked cars
  • Wear brightly colored clothing
  • Use face paint instead of masks or costumes that cover your eyes
  • Have a grown-up inspect candy before eating, removing any open package and taking away small, hard pieces of candy that can present a choking hazard for young children

“Parents should be encouraged to park their cars appropriately and walk with their children to avoid serious injuries that are seen every year, many of which occur while loading and unloading from vehicles stopped in traffic,” Olfson said. “Parents should think about safety, but this is also a time to enjoy with their kids.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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