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SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Halloween is such a great holiday and brings out the fun side in kids. But, CPSC is warning parents that on Halloween night, danger can also come in disguise. Last year there were an estimated 4,600 reports of Halloween-related injuries, an increase from 3,500 in the previous year. Incidents involving falls, lacerations, and suffocation sound like scenes from a scary movie, but they are not. Halloween-related incidents can result from the hazards posed by flammable and ill-fitting costumes and accessories, combustible decorations, open flames, and sharp pumpkin carving tools. These incidents are preventable.
Pumpkin carving was associated with more than 60 percent of Halloween-related injuries in 2012. Consumers should create a stable base and use the appropriate tools to prevent cuts and lacerations. Additional tips can be found here, on CPSC's OnSafety blog.
CPSC recommends these safety tips to help make this year's holiday safe:
CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
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