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Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

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Halloween Safety Tips

October 25, 2017

Halloween offers lots of spooky fun, but it also brings potential safety hazards. Here are some tips to prevent a real scare, and keep trick-or-treaters safe every step of the way.


#1 – Choose kid-friendly pumpkin decor.

Decorate pumpkins with kid-friendly art supplies — markers, glitter glue or paint — and leave the pumpkin carving to an adult.

#2 – Choose the right fit.

Costumes should be short, snug and flame-resistant. Baggy sleeves, billowy capes and big shoes can cause trips and falls.

#3 – Choose face paint & makeup carefully.

Use non-toxic face paint or makeup instead of a mask.

#4 – Choose face masks carefully.

If a mask is a must, make sure it does not obstruct vision.

#5 – Make your kids more visible.

Attach reflective tape or stickers to kids’ costumes, and make sure they have a flashlight or glow stick.

#6 – Never trick-or-treat solo.

Go trick-or-treating in an adult-supervised group.

#7 – Be extra careful if driving.

Slow down and be alert during popular trick-or-treating hours, 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

#8 – Keep things clutter-free.

vampireKeep front porches and walkways well-lit and clutter-free.

#9 – Go through your candy before your kids do.

Inspect treats before they are eaten. Pick only wrapped candy when trick-or-treating and read labels carefully.

#10 – Opt for healthier snacks.

Don’t forget that a treat does not have to mean sweet. Offer healthier snacks as well as safe, non-food treats for children with food allergies.

Emergency Services for Children

In the event that your Halloween turns out to be a little scarier than you’d predicted, WakeMed offers high quality emergency care for kids. Learn more about our Children’s Emergency Department, or locate an emergency department near you.