Gilbert, AZ, October 29, 2014 – With Halloween just days away, FastMed Urgent Care, the largest urgent care network in Arizona, has released its “Ten Tips for a Happy not Hair-Raising Halloween.” Following these simple steps before your ghouls and goblins take to the streets will help make this holiday safe and fun for children and adults alike.
“Halloween is a holiday children look forward to, and unfortunately one where we see an uptick in injuries that can quickly put a damper on the day. It’s even more imperative to be vigilant this year, since Halloween falls on a Friday and chances are your trick-or-treater will be out longer and later into the evening,” said Michael P. Dunn, M.D., President and Chief Medical Officer of FastMed in Arizona. “Taking a few simple precautions before your children head out will go a long way to minimize the moaning and groaning and maximize the shrieks of delight this Halloween.”
FastMed’s 10 Tips for a Happy, Not Hair-Raising, Halloween:
- Check costumes for length, color and fit. Costumes that are short and properly hemmed, have some reflective materials (reflective tape works in a pinch) and fit properly help to prevent tripping, increase nighttime visibility and won’t get caught on fences, branches or railings.
- Appropriate footwear is a must! Avoid heels and oversized shoes, to again, avoid tripping!
- Make sure costumes are flame retardant. It should indicate such right on the label.
- Arm them with a flashlight, and check the batteries before they head out.
- Leave the sword at home. Accessories that are sharp, pointed or too long can injure another trick-or-treater or your child, should they trip and fall.
- Masks should have large eyeholes and be breathable, and make sure the mask stays in place and doesn’t slip or slide and obstruct your child’s view.
- If using make-up or face paint, test it on a small area of skin a few days ahead of time, just to make sure it doesn’t cause an allergic reaction. Follow directions carefully and remove all make-up before putting your child to bed.
- All treat eating should be done at home, after an adult has checked the treats. Limit the candy intake, both on Halloween and in the days that follow.
- Throw away any treats that are unwrapped or appear suspicious. If you have any doubt, throw it out.
- An adult should accompany small children, and with older children agree to a curfew and set periodic check-in times with a phone call or text.
About FastMed Urgent Care:
FastMed Urgent Care is an owner and operator of urgent care facilities with locations throughout North Carolina and Arizona. FastMed focuses on the delivery of non-appointment based medicine to the non-emergency patient market. The urgent care centers are open 365 days a year and are staffed with experienced and licensed physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. FastMed clinics hold The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation in compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory health care. For more information, please visit www.fastmed.com. FastMed is managed by an affiliated entity of one of the investment funds of the Comvest Group.
About the Comvest Group:
The Comvest Group, with $1.2 billion of assets under management, provides flexible financing solutions to lower middle-market companies through its equity and debt funds, often meeting time-critical and complex funding requirements. The firm includes seasoned, senior level operating executives who partner with managers and owners of companies to operationally improve businesses and create long-term value. Since 2000, Comvest has invested more than $1.5 billion of capital in over 105 public and private companies. For more information, please visit www.comvest.com.
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