Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears reveals the scariest Halloween hazard, and shows you how to keep your kids safe.
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Travis: The actual scariest Halloween hazard is the costume because it can catch fire and Doctor Sears is outside right now to show us how. Jim: Hey you guys, that’s right Travis, you know, just because a costume says it’s fire resistant doesn’t mean it can’t catch fire. I mean we’ve got the candles and the Jack-o’-Lanterns on the porches and along the sidewalk sometimes, your kids run by them. They could get pushed into them or just brush by it. And I want to show you something. I’m going to take a candle here and look at this. Now this is a flame resistant costume but watch -- Travis: That’s flame resistant? Jim: This is a flame resistant costume, yes. Oh wow it’s melting right through the costume itself and this has basically a polyester fabric that’s melting under the child’s skin right now. This is bad and even though, what the problem is, it’s the glitter on the lace. That’s actually an aluminum powder which is an ingredient for pyrotechnics. So even though the cloth itself is flame retardant, the glitter isn’t and it’s still burning. This would cause some really serious burns here. It would be much better to use -- this is an electric candle. Use something like this, it’s battery powered, there’s no flame, stick something like this in your Jack-o’-Lantern, it’s much safer that way. Travis: So while Jim watches our outfit burn, I want to make it very clear that if you avoid costumes that are made with glitter, things like -- materials, big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts, you can avoid this. Because when it’s loose-fitting, when it’s billowing, that’s when it unknowingly catches and that glittery netting that you see right here on the shoulders, does everyone see that? I mean personally I haven’t been wearing glittery netting for a few years. Andrew: Hold that up. I think you look good in that. Lisa: That’s good. Travis: Now would you give this princess some candy? Lisa: I certainly would and I get good candy, yes. Travis: But those are simple things and also here’s another great one, don’t wear a loose-fitting mask, actually this is a time, male or female, use face paint. Lisa: And it’s fun to do and also, it’s really cute to have your little girls in mommy’s shoes but then they can trip and they can fall so wear really good fitting shoes so that doesn’t happen as well and that also will keep them away from falling in a candle. Andrew: And make sure the kids are visible because they’re running around the dark at dusk. You know what you can do so they’re more visible if they’re wearing a dark outfit, put reflective tape that you can buy at the hardware store, the bike store, sports supply store and just add that to their costume so that if cars are coming by, because remember, you want to cross as quick as you could at the side of the street. Lisa: Or give them flashlights or those ropes that light up. Andrew: Another safety tip. Travis: Everything clear out there Dr. Sears, the fire is out? Jim: Yes, the fire is out, unfortunately my little girl here is pretty badly burned.
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