Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Danger

What is the biggest danger for kids this Halloween? It's not unsafe candy. It's getting burned so badly they have to go to the emergency room! MediaSource sent me this information about a recent survey at Nationwide Children's Hospital. I am glad I read it. The tips may be obvious, but they are good reminder!
While Halloween burn hazards aren’t going away anytime soon, there is some good news: according to a recent study in the November issue of Pediatrics, the number of kids getting burned is going down over time.

The bad news: toddlers and kids under 6 are still being burned at alarming rates.
The study, one of the largest on pediatric burns to date and conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, reports that burns in toddlers and kids under 6 account for more than half of all injuries.

The study also found that hands and fingers are most frequently injured, followed by the head and face.
Experts at Nationwide Children’s encourage parents to keep the following tips in mind to keep their kids safe and burn-free this Halloween:
-Choose costume accessories and props keeping in mind that all items should be flame resistant. Avoid long, flowing sleeves that could get caught in candles and light on fire.
-Use candles with caution around children and supervise children around candles at all times. -Use long fireplace matches when lighting candles and keep pumpkins away from combustible materials.

Nationwide Children's Hospital burn research

Are your kids' Halloween costumes flame resistant? I am going upstairs to look at mine. I didn't think about it until just now. Yikes!

I do think I have talked my 6-year old into using lights from the dollar store for our jack-o-lantern instead of candles! He is not easily convinced to this is a big success for me to do this without a fight!

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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