Poison center offers Halloween safety tips

Halloween is almost here and the friendly folks at Washington Poison Center want to ensure everyone has a safe holiday (that doesn’t require a call to their hotline).

To that end, here are some safety tips, provided by the poison center:

  • Before allowing kids to eat, inspect all candy for signs of tampering or compromised packaging. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Use non-toxic face paints intended for skin.
  • Glow sticks should be worn or held – not chewed on.

The poison center also had some specific tips for adults:

  • Choose a designated driver or alternative way of getting home before heading out for the evening.
  • Hydrate.
  • Use alcohol and cannabis in moderation and keep them out of the reach of kids.

Should you not heed these tips and bite into a glow stick, call Washington Poison Center at 800-222-1222 for free, expert guidance.

Marissa Harshman

Marissa Harshman

I'm the health reporter for The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash. I started at The Columbian -- my hometown newspaper -- in September 2009. Reach me at marissa.harshman@columbian.com or 360-735-4546.

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