Halloween Hazards

More than 40 million children will go trick-or-treating this year, and doctors with the American College of Emergency Physicians want to make sure parents know what they're up against.

Experts at the CDC say children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night, compared to any other night of the year. They also experience more eye injuries from costume accessories, and burns from flammable costumes.

Emergency room doctors suggest all children stay in groups with an adult chaperon on Halloween night, and that they have a flashlight and stay on the sidewalk.

Doctors are also encouraging local community center, malls and schools to organize Halloween festivities so kids don't have to walk outside to trick-or-treat.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    Four times more likely to be hit by a car. 8 times more likely to be robbed at gunpoint for candy. Arm yourselves kids.
  • by Safety Nazi on Oct 13, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    Obviously all cars should be banned due to the death and carnage they cause every day, and all of the children they kill, not to mention pollution, room in landfills, & hazardous fluids. Bikes or Public Transportation only should be allowed. The lives and money saved, and the decrease in obesity would be tremendous.
  • by Experts on Oct 13, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    I must be an expert, too. I instictivly knew this by age 5.
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      by Wharf Rat on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:05 AM in reply to Experts
      LOL! Me too. Must not take much to be an "expert".
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