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Avoid the Emergency Room during Halloween Time

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Halloween is the time of year where everyone can decorate their rooms and houses with pictures of ghouls and goblins. Many people purchase their products from the store, or take it one step further and create their decorations.

Accidents are bound to happen, but there is no harm in educating yourself on how to lower the risk of an injury. Follow some of these tips below:

1. Reconsider candles: Wearing a costume around lit candles is a big fire hazard. Also, leaving candles unattended, especially around children or pets, increases the risk of them being knocked over. Try the electric candles or glow sticks. Be creative enough to not have to use fire.

2. Don’t use knives for carving: If you do not know how to properly carve a pumpkin or use a knife, then you definitely should not be trying this out by yourself. Also, there is no need to use the sharpest knife in your kitchen. There are many safe tools for carving pumpkins. Do not leave these knives unattended around children.

3. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

4. Hang Decorations the right way: If you are putting up lights or hanging decorations from high places, remember to use a ladder and not a chair. Also, follow the package directions. If the lights are only suppose to be used indoor, do not use them outside. Also, make sure that the wires are not loose or damaged.

5. Keep a first kit on hand: Make sure that your first aid kit is stocked with all the necessary items to help you in an emergency.

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