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      Halloween health hazards are scarier than you think!

      Halloween is a time that promises plenty of fun but there’s a lot of danger in the air too. Here’s a look at the scenario.

      Careful when you dress in costumes

      Face paint can be fun but first make sure you check how your skin reacts to it. Apply a small patch of face paint on your arm a day or two before Halloween to check for Allergies. Always use FDA approved body paints. Paints for the nails may not suit skin, so stay aware. Cheap costume contact lenses can damage your eyes, the American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that these may contain chlorine, iron and other harmful chemicals. They can even scratch your cornea leaving the surface scratchy and uneven helping germs enter. This can prove very dangerous and result in infection, scarring, permanent eye damage and even blindness.

      Eat with care

      Some people are allergic to nuts especially peanuts and if you are, watch before you eat. Chocolates and candies are inevitable with Halloween but it’s important to remember that those you pop in contain a very high number of calories. Halloween candy can prove to be deadly for dogs and cats, so keep these out of the way of your pets.

      Safety hazards

      Research has thrown up a shocking fact that kids are twice as likely to die on Halloween than any other day of the year. This happens majorly because in their excitement, they tend to be careless on the road and even sprint across the road and get hurt by vehicles. Parents must be watchful of them. Tripping or falling is also a very common injury thanks to ill-fitting costumes, some that trail too long and some with headpieces that obstruct vision.

      Pumpkin carving can lead to plenty of injuries. It’s suggested that sharp kitchen knives should be replaced with small pumpkin carving tools that come in kits, these will help prevent and minimize injuries.

      Some costumes come with props like sharp knives, spears and wands that can poke eyes. Be careful with these. With candles and fiery jack-o-lanterns around, it’s important to be watchful as many Halloween costumes are not fire-retardant.

       

       

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