4-Year-Old Virginian Suffered Horrific Burns After A Pumpkin Exploded In Her Face. How Can Halloween Be Dangerous To Kids And Adults?
October 28, 2018 20:11 By Fabiosa
For many children, Halloween is one of their favorite holidays. It presents us a great opportunity to dress up and collect candy around the neighborhood, who wouldn’t love it? But for 7-year-old Chloe Garcia from Virginia Beach, Virginia, memories of this holiday are far from pleasant.
A 4-year-old suffered horrific burns after a jack-o’-lantern exploded
In 2015, just a few days before Halloween, Chloe, who was 4 years old at the time, and her family were ready to celebrate. Everyone was in a festive mood, and it was time to light a pumpkin.
The girl leaned over a pumpkin as someone was lighting it and the unimaginable happened. A flash fire blew out of the pumpkin and burned Chloe’s face, neck, and hands.
The girl was taken to the PICU with first and second-degree burns, where she spent many days recovering. Since then, she has had multiple surgeries and laser treatments to make the burn scars less noticeable.
Despite the traumatic experience, Chloe is a cheerful girl who still loves Halloween. Melanie Garcia, her mom, told WTKR-TV:
[She] is loving life as a girl her age should.
After the incident, the family doesn’t light pumpkins anymore, they just paint them. But for those who insist on lighting their pumpkins, Melanie has a valuable safety tip: Light a candle or a tea lamp before putting it inside the vegetable.
Why Halloween can be dangerous for kids
While the odds of getting burned by a flash fire from a pumpkin are quite low, other dangers associated with Halloween are more common.
The risk of being hit by a car skyrockets on the Halloween day, US News reported. Part of the reason lies in kids and drivers being more relaxed and less alert on this day. Also, Halloween is the time when more kids are free to walk around their neighborhoods unaccompanied.
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Another Halloween danger is lit pumpkins, which can easily cause a fire if left unattended.
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Yes, Halloween is the time to relax and have fun. Anyhow, you should stay vigilant to keep your child safe.