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Texas Health Fort Worth Offers Tips for a Safe, Healthy Halloween
10/30/2013

FORT WORTH, Texas — Ghouls and goblins aren’t nearly as frightening as a trip to the hospital on Halloween. As thousands of North Texans prepare for a night of pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and candy eating, doctors in the emergency department at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth offer advice on keeping the family injury-free.

A study published in the 2010 journal Pediatrics found that Halloween is the holiday with the fourth highest number of emergency room visits.

“The scariest injuries we commonly see on Halloween result from auto accidents with pedestrians,” said Dr. Blaine Bachim. “People out trick-or-treating will walk in the street and cars won’t see them, especially when it starts to get dark.”

Bachim offers the following tips to help families stay safe:

  • Get kids to walk on the sidewalk, not in the street, while trick-or-treating.
  • Carry a flashlight with you. Have the kids wear light-up necklaces so they’re more visible to vehicles in the dark.
  • Make sure costumes fit well and are short enough to prevent tripping or entanglement. Twisted ankles are another common injury seen on Halloween.
  • Be cautious about what you consume. If treats look suspicious, just throw them out.
  • Individually wrapped candy is best. Flu season has just begun, and germ-carrying hands digging in bowls of unwrapped candies can spread sickness.

For more information on emergency services at Texas Health Fort Worth, visit TexasHealth.org/FWtrauma.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/FortWorth.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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