Have a Fright-Free Halloween with Safety Tips from the Illinois Poison Center
State’s only poison center offers warnings for parents and guardians
(Chicago) October 31, 2013- With children across Illinois set to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) is urging parents and guardians to be cautious about Halloween products like dry ice and cosmetics that could prove dangerous if used improperly.
“Each year we receive numerous calls on Halloween-related substances like candy, glow sticks and more,” said Dr. Carol DesLauriers, IPC Operations Director. “It is extremely important that parents are aware of the dangers surrounding the holiday to prevent potentially harmful exposures.”
The IPC experts offer the following tips to avoid exposures:
· Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
· Remind children to only eat treats that are in their original, unopened wrappers.
· Inspect all treats for choking hazards and signs of tampering before eating.
· Candy should be thrown away if the wrapper is faded or torn, or if the candy is unwrapped.
· Keep alcohol away from children. Make sure opened containers, unfinished beverages and all other items containing alcohol are out of reach.
· Handle dry ice properly. Oral/skin exposure or ingestion of dry ice can cause significant damage.
· Make sure to wear protective clothing like leather gloves when handling dry ice. Do not place dry ice directly in punch bowl or drinking cups; direct contact with dry ice may cause throat burning.
Skin burns from dry ice should be handled in the same manner as skin burns from heat. If blisters start to appear, you should contact your doctor.
· Dry ice should be stored in an insulated container; do not store it in the freezer or in an unventilated room or area.
· Remind your children not to chew on or break open glow sticks or any other glow in the dark products.
· Test makeup on a small area of skin first (preferably the arm) to check for sensitivity to any ingredients before applying it to the face.
· Remove makeup before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
· Eyes and the surrounding area should be avoided when applying makeup to the face.
· Avoid decorating the face or body with products that aren’t intended for the skin.
· Throw out any makeup that has a very bad smell; this could be a sign of contamination.
For more Halloween safety information, visit the IPC website.
If you believe you or someone you know is the victim of a harmful exposure, call the IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.
The Illinois Poison Center is a non-profit health service that provides the people of Illinois with comprehensive and trusted information and treatment advice on potentially harmful substances via a free, confidential 24-hour hotline staffed by specially trained doctors, nurses and pharmacists.