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Follow These Tips to Stay Safe on Halloween|
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:
“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.”
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