Safety alert issued for Halloween lights given to Manitoba schoolchildren
- November 6, 2007 3:54 PM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
Health Canada on Tuesday issued a safety advisory for small flashlights with whistles distributed to Manitoba schoolchildren for Halloween.
The federal agency warns the whistle-flashers contain small batteries that may be removed.
"If swallowed, the batteries could become lodged in the throat," the federal agency said in the advisory.
"Medical professionals advise that if a battery is swallowed or becomes lodged in a child's nose or ear, parents should take them to the hospital immediately."
The advisory applies to 100,000 bright green whistle-flashers provided by Manitoba Public Insurance to more than 700 schools in the province.
Parents are advised to take the whistle-flashers away from children.
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