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The only thing scary about Halloween should be your kids costumes

By Farley Boyle

With Halloween right around the corner treats and goodies seem to unavoidably everywhere. Make sure that if you have little ones to keep hard candies out of reach. A general rule of thumb for older kids should be to NEVER run or horseplay with food or candy in the mouth. Never leave a small child unattended while eating something....it might seem like the perfect opportunity to take a shower or get a task accomplished but if something were to go wrong you won't be there to help out in those first crucial minutes.

Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 14. Leading those sad statistics is car accidents followed by choking and drowning. Being educated on how to handle a crises as soon as it occurs is very important. From the minute an accident happens until 911 is called is down time and until the ambulance arrives is more down time. The average ambulance response time in the U.S. is 5 to 15 minutes.

Doing something/anything is better than doing nothing. Five minutes without oxygen to the brain results in brain damage and over six minutes results in probable brain death. Compressions keep the blood oxygenated by allowing it to continue circulating.

Infant's and children's bodies are so small and compact that they react very well to CPR and choking maneuvers. All their little bodies are looking for is a tiny spark to reignite. If you aren't educated with basic lifesaving skills take 18 minutes out of your day to watch "How to Save a LIfe' a FREE, entertaining animated instructional short that will leave you feeling educated and confident. Go to www.chaseforlife .org and click on watch "How to Save a Life." Make anyone that has a hand on your child watch it as well.

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