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Report: Parents need to worry about traffic, not tainted candy, on Halloween. What worries you?

Posted by Kristi Palma  October 17, 2012 09:43 AM

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Parents worry about things like tainted candy and child abductions on Halloween. But, according to this AP report, the likelihood of those things happening is slim (A child has never been killed or injured from tainted Halloween candy, says one expert).

Instead parents need to worry about traffic. That's because children have been hit by cars while trick-or-treating.

But here's something the AP is reporting that may surprise you: Kids actually land in the ER around Halloween most often for sports injuries.

A 2010 study in the "Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics" found that injuries related to sports were the reason for most emergency room visits involving children around Halloween.

The study says 18 percent of injuries on Halloween were to the finger and hand (pumpkin carving mishaps?) and "a much higher proportion of injuries that occurred on Halloween were associated with sports, including football and basketball, than with knives."

Check out these statistics about all things scary for parents on Halloween.

What worries you most when it comes to your child's safety on Halloween?


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