Poison Prevention during Halloween

Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays for children, and the Poison Center would like to remind parents
and care givers to follow a few simple steps to help everyone have a safe and happy Halloween. For more great
poison prevention information visit www.nebraskapoison.com and watch our video “Do you know what a
Poison is” with Pinky our Poison Prevention Elephant. Here are a few tips and tricks!
1. Glow sticks can cause a stinging and a burning feeling if the liquid touches the mouth, skin or eyes. Tell
children to keep these out of their mouths as they are soft and can easily break open. If this happens, rinse
with water and call the Poison Center.
2. When children trick-or-treat, treats should be carefully checked by adults. Homemade treats or anything
out of its original wrapper should be thrown away unless parents are positive of the identity and safety of
the person from which it came.
3. Cannabis edibles may resemble candy in their name, colors and packaging. This is another good reason
to check all your children’s candy when they get home.
4. Costumes should be warm, well-fitting and non-flammable. Masks should allow a child to see easily all
around them and should be removed while children are crossing streets. Have a trusted adult with children
and remember to take a flashlight along if it is dark.
5. Consider nontoxic face paint instead of masks. All makeup and fluorescent hair sprays should be
removed before going to bed. Consider using reflective tape on costumes worn after dark.
6. Serving punch containing dry ice is not dangerous if the ice is not swallowed in its solid form. Small
pieces should not be put in drinking glasses. Frostbite can occur if dry ice touches the skin or mouth.
7. Chocolate and xylitol are very poisonous to dogs. Xylitol is the sweetener found in sugar free candies and
gum. Store all candy up and out of reach of dogs and other pets.
The Nebraska Regional Poison Center is a free and confidential service to the public.
Call 1-800-222-1222 to immediately talk with a Registered Nurse 24/7/365.

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