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There’s no trick to treating your kids to a safe Halloween. The staff at UCSD Medical Center and the California Poison Control System-San Diego Division, located at UCSD Medical Center, offer the following safety precautions for parents to keep Halloween safe.
“The Poison Center does tend to see an upswing in calls around the Halloween season,” said Lee Cantrell, Pharm.D., director of the California Poison Control System-San Diego Division, at UCSD Medical Center, “but with a few reminders and by taking some precautions, parents can stay ahead of most dangers.”
Pumpkin Carving/Jack O’Lanterns
Tips for Trick-or-Treating
“The Poison Center recommends that parents carefully check all treats before allowing their trick-or-treaters to taste anything,” said Cantrell. “This is the best way to prevent 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 1-800-222-1222. The Center is open 24-hours per day, seven days a week.
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