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Interview with Rich Kelly about Halloween Safety

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"Dave Kurten: The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Medical Center.  Mount Nittany, Life Forward.  It’s October and that means Halloween and our little ghosts and goblins will be out and about looking for those sugary treats.  But, of course as parents there are some safety issues we need to keep in mind.  That’s our topic for this edition of the Medical Minute.  Our guest is Rich Kelly, EMS Clinical Supervisor.  Thanks for joining us today.

Rich Kelly: Thank you.

Dave Kurten: How can parents help ensure their children are safe while ‘Trick-or-Treating’?

Rich Kelly: Well, first of all, never allow young children to go out without adult supervision.  Have your children wear reflective or bright colored clothing.  Have them carry a flashlight or even a glow stick.  You want to discard any suspicious-looking activity.  Also, make sure your children only visit well-lit homes.  Whenever they knock on the doors at the houses, they want to make sure they stay on the porch and encourage your children not to go inside the houses. 

Dave Kurten: How can adults make sure they are participating in safe Halloween activities?

Rich Kelly: Adults can participate in safe Halloween activities by making sure they consume alcohol responsibly when alcohol is involved at the parties. 

Dave Kurten: How can both adults and children make sure that their Halloween costumes are safe?

Rich Kelly: Use face paint instead of masks, because masks tend to hinder your vision.  Also, be sure that the costume fits well.  Avoid costumes that are too big that could cause a tripping hazard.

Dave Kurten: Where can community members get more information on having a safe Halloween this year?

Rich Kelly: You can visit the Mount Nittany website at www.mountnittany.org or also the Safe Kids Coalition website at www.safekids.org.

Dave Kurten: Rich Kelly, the EMS Clinical Supervisor has been our guest on this edition of the Medical Minute.  Thanks for joining us today.

Rich Kelly: Yes, thank you.

Dave Kurten: The 3WZ Medical Minute has been brought to you by Mount Nittany Medical Center.  Mount Nittany, Life Forward."  

 

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