Fire hazards, falling injuries among Halloween risks

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    Extreme Halloween spirit

    Are you putting yourself in harm's way this Halloween?

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says each Halloween it receives reports of preventable injuries, such as dislocated shoulders from falling, second-degree burns from open flames and other injuries involving ill-fitting costumes and other holiday decor.

    "Too often Halloween make believe has resulted in real life injury," CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said in a press release. "Fortunately, prevention is simple. Choose flameless candles, flame-retardant materials and well-fitting costumes to reduce the risk of injury this Halloween."

    To help prevent pets or children from safety pitfalls like knocking down a burning candle lighting illuminating a Jack-o'-Lantern and other Halloween-related incidents, the CPSC and other organizations have some safety tips.

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