Medical Minute: Halloween Safety Tips

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MINOT, ND - Halloween is an exciting time for kids. The costumes and candy create a good time, but can cause some safety concerns.

In 2013, over 6,000 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 non-fatal injuries happened in car-pedestrian accidents on Halloween.

In the ER, they see accidents every day, but holidays like Halloween can create opportunities for more problems.

"It's no different than any other day for us, but we always think about the different types of holidays when we see a patient," ER Nurse Practitioner Jessica Fricke said.

Costumes can be tricky, but drivers also need to exercise caution. On average twice as many kids are killed by cars on Halloween than other days.

"Avoid masks if you can, use paint on the face. Also maybe some reflective tape or lights on the costume," Fricke said.

Candy is the treat on Halloween, but homemade goodies could be dangerous.

"You should have factory candy, it's more safe than homemade candy some people do. The CDC also says people could get away from candy and do coloring books or novelty items," Fricke said.

With food allergies like nuts being more and more prevalent, parents need to be involved and inspect all treats before the little ghosts and princesses take a bite.

"Kids should be told not to open their candy until they get home, so their parents can inspect it and make sure. Nuts are in a lot of the candies, that's a high allergy," Fricke said.

All of these safety concerns boil down to one basic rule on Halloween night.

"No one should trick or treat alone. You should always have a buddy or a parent with you," Fricke said.

So grab your flashlight, and a well-fitting costume and have a safe and happy Halloween.

If you are hoping for trick-o-treaters to stop by your house. Make sure everything is well lit and there aren't obstacles for the kids and parents to get to your front door.