Warm weather brings unusual Halloween hazard

Published: Oct. 31, 2016 at 8:55 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As children head out into their neighborhoods to trick-or-treat on Monday night, there are a few hidden dangers local experts want to remind parents about.

Many children are encouraged to wear lights so that drivers can see them.

Glow sticks are a popular option, but they can also be hazardous.

Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center Director Keith Boesen said Halloween, and the day after, is when they receive the most calls about glow sticks.

He said kids chew on them or bend them, causing them to break.

That liquid could get all over a child's face and even into their mouths.

Boesen said although the liquid inside is not radioactive, it may send the child to the hospital.

"Getting it in the mouth can be very irritating, sometimes on the skin," he said. "It needs to be washed off, but it is an incredibly common exposure and a result of just mild irritation."

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is open 24/7 so if any parents have any questions about glow sticks, candy, or anything thing else this Halloween, they can give them a call at 1-800-222-1222.

But it's not just glow sticks that pose an unusual hazard.

The unusually warm weather this month is also bringing out another scary, potentially deadly hazard this Hallloween.

Rattlesnakes are still out and about.

Boesen said children should avoid cutting across lawns or desert landscapes while trick-or-treating.

"As that sun is going down, that really is the time of day where rattlesnake are starting to be more active and warm up on the warm concrete and warm roads," he said. "So this certainly is a new concern and hazard that we haven't seen in Halloweens past."

Anyone bitten by a rattlesnake should call 911.

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