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Miami Children's Hospital Pediatricians provide Halloween Safety Tips for Children


• Watch out for oncoming vehicles! Drivers may not see a child or group of children trick-or-treating on the street at night.

• Children should always wear costumes that are bright, reflective, and flame-retardant.

• All members of the group should carry a flashlight while trick-or-treating.

• Children of all ages should stay on the sidewalk and use crosswalks to cross the street. They should never cross the street if there is oncoming traffic.

• Boys and girls should always be accompanied by a parent or chaperone and should never be left unattended.

• All children should be taught how to dial 9-1-1 in the event that they get lost or are in danger.

• Children should always walk with a buddy or stay in a group. They should not enter dark alleys or unknown streets.

• rick-or-treaters should only visit homes that are open and well lit and never go inside of an unknown home or approach an unknown vehicle.

• Feed your children a healthy meal prior to trick-or-treating to prevent overeating.

• Check all of your children’s treats. Throw away any candy that looks suspicious or has been tampered with.

• Children should not use knives to carve pumpkins.  Parents should also be careful with costume accessories, such as swords, which may be sharp and can cause injury.

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008 and 2009 by U.S.News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.