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As commercial Purim costumes are almost always cheap outfits imported from China
a few weeks in advance, the health authorities and Israel Standards Institution
(ISI) urge parents to ensure that those purchased are safe for all ages, with
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No equipment for Purim should be purchased at a kiosk
or other unrecognized point of sale.
Children also should not be allowed
to have illegal explosives, makeup without Health Ministry approval or spray
foams that can harm the eyes.
Cases of burns and hearing damage are
several times higher before and during the holiday of Purim compared to most of
the rest of the year, health authorities say.
Beterem, the National
Center for Child Safety and Health, reports that hospital emergency rooms get
3.5 times as many burn cases during this season.
Beterem director Orly
Silbinger said that numerous children suffer second-andthird- degree burns on
their hands, face, neck and knees when playing with fireworks, cap pistols and
other illegal explosives sold in stores and kiosks. Beterem calls on the local
authorities to enforce the law forbidding the sale of these items.
addition, toys that look like authentic weapons are illegal. Caps that explode
may not be stored in pockets, as friction can cause them to go off
A short costume worn close to the body is preferable to
long and broad ones that could more easily catch fire. It is best to avoid – in
both handmade and store-bought costumes – inflammable material like cotton wool,
carton and feathers, anything on the head or face (such as masks) that obstructs
the view of traffic, or shoelaces that can lead to strangling.
The use of
masks by any child under eight is not recommended; older children should not
wear marks without breathing holes. Costumes that hinder vision and have wide
sleeves are not recommended.
Masks and other such accessories should be
taken off when children play outdoors.
Makeup that lacks Health Ministry
approval could be toxic or cause skin reactions and should be
Younger children should not have unsupervised access to treats
received as Purim food parcels, as nuts, candies and little toys can cause
If a costume catches fire, Magen David Adom advises laying the
child on the ground and rolling him in sand or earth, putting out the fire with
water or smothering the flame with a wet blanket.
Do not cover the
victim’s head, pull burnt clothing from the skin or apply ointments.
the victim for immediate medical treatment.
Last year, an eight-year-old
girl was seriously burned and her older sister also hurt when they played at
home with caps. An eight-year-boy was seriously hurt when a package of caps
exploded in his hand.
A 13-year-old boy lost his vision in one eye due to
explosives being thrown. A 14-year-old boy who tried to increase the intensity
of an explosion put dangerous material in a pipe; the explosion took off five of
his fingers to be removed and sent shrapnel into his eye.
Make sure any
explosive caps that are permitted for sale have Hebrew instructions for use, and
are marked with the name of the importer and the name of the manufacturer, as
well as age limitations.
Do not rub legal explosives with
Noisemakers used during the holiday, including the reading of the
Megilla, should not have small parts that could disconnect or break and be
swallowed by babies or toddlers.
Schneider Children’s Medical Center
clinical dietitian Dafna Ziv-Bosani added that oznei Haman pastries contain 130
to 200 calories apiece, depending on the size and filling.
goodies for food parcels are preferable to highly processed sweet treats and
usually more nutritious.
Whole-wheat flour is preferred and treats with
fruit fillings such as dates or poppy seed can be made with much less
Food coloring should be avoided, but if it is used, it should be
of high quality and as natural as possible.