Halloween Costume Dangers


RENO, Nev. -- Halloween can be a scary time of year for parents, especially, when they have to spend it in the emergency room. According, to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 4,000 children were injured from their costumes last year.

Kaci Mitchell's nine-year old son, Zerrik, dressed up as a dragon fighter for Halloween last year, but their fun night was unexpectedly cut short.

"He had fallen two or three times and then finally the third time he fell we had to leave the function because he had fallen and hurt his knee and couldn't walk," she said.

His mask made it hard for him to see and breath.

"There was no holes in the mouth or nose or anything like that. Basically, he was inhaling exhaling through the fabric or underneath the fabric."

Parents might have to think twice before purchasing a costume this year. Dr. Vanessa Slots has seen a handful of kids in the past end up at office after Halloween.

"It is common for kids to trip and fall and some of it is from costumes and some of it is from not being aware of their surroundings," Dr. Slots a pediatrician from Renown said.

Masks like this with small hole openings make it hard for children to breath and see, especially at night when they're walking around unfamiliar routes.

"If they get hurt, you may be sitting in the emergency room with god knows how many other people," Mitchell said.

Dr. Slogs suggests certain things to look out for in a costume:

-Properly fitting
-Masks with eyeholes big enough where their eyes are visible.
-Bright, visible to motorists
-Flame resistant '

"You need to explain to them why it's not safe and how they can get hurt and if they get hurt they're not going to get to finish trick or treat and they'll miss out on all the candy," Mitchell added.

Parents are also encouraged to attach reflector tape onto the costumes and to walk around the route you'll be taking before Halloween.


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