October 2, 2000

Halloween The Trick is to Have a SAFE Halloween

A safe Halloween is just a few tricks away according to the staff at the California Poison Control System-San Diego Division, located at UCSD Medical Center. The following are safety precautions for parents to help them keep Halloween safe:

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Halloween also means parties for parents. Parents should make sure all alcohol and cigarette butts are cleaned up. These items can poison small children.

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Poison Center staff members stress that careful review of all treats by parents is the best prevention for poisoning incidents. Parents who find any candy that has been tampered with should report the incident to the Police Department. If children are experiencing any symptoms following ingestion of food or candy, parents should call the California Poison Control System-San Diego Division at (800) 876-4766. The Center is open 24-hours per day, seven days a week.

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Media Contact: Eileen Callahan 619/543-6163 ecallahan@ucsd.edu

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