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Miami Children's Hospital & Safe Kids Worldwide Offer Halloween Safety Tips
(10/16/2006)

MIAMI…Halloween can be one of the most fun and festive times of the year – but only if you celebrate safely! Halloween safety involves everyone from trick-or-treaters to grown-ups. Kids, parents, neighbors, and drivers should be aware of the dangers that can accompany this otherwise exciting holiday.

In fact, children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. Halloween can indeed be scary, with increases in pedestrian injuries, burns and falls among children. Miami Children's Hospital and SAFE KIDS Worldwide recommend the following safety tips to remind parents and kids of the best ways to protect themselves.

FOR PARENTS:
• Make sure your child eats a good dinner before trick-or-treating.
• Costumes should be comfortable and flame resistant. Brighten things up by putting reflective strips or tape on the costume.
• Any props (like a sword) should be made of flexible plastic.
• Inspect all candy and throw away anything that seems suspicious.
• Give older children (if they’re going alone) change or a cell phone to call home, and make sure they wear a watch they can read in the dark. Set a time for children to return home.

FOR KIDS:
• Go with a grown-up.
• Walk! Don’t run.
• Visit only familiar neighborhoods.
• Stay on the sidewalks.
• Wear comfy shoes with nonskid soles.
• Avoid animals you don’t know.
• Wait to get home to eat the treats.

FOR MOTORISTS:
• Slow down in residential areas
• Obey all traffic signals and signs.

Everyone has fun dressing up and trick-or-treating, but no one has fun getting hurt. If you are interested in interviewing one of our physicians, please call Miami Children’s Hospital Public and Media Relations at (305) 668-5514.

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Founded in 1950, Miami Children's Hospital is the only licensed specialty hospital for children in South Florida. Ranked Miami–Dade County’s “Best Pediatric Hospital” by South Florida Parenting Magazine, Miami Children's Hospital offers medical care and services for children from birth to age 21. The 268-bed medical facility has expertise in all aspects of pediatric medicine.