Patient First Health Care will x-ray Halloween candy, but say they’ve never found anything

"Hulk" Cash Cotton, 1, holds his mother Erin Cotton's hand as he waves goodbye to Donna Crosser after trick-or-treating at her house in West Manchester Township during trick-or-treating last year. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

“Hulk” Cash Cotton, 1, holds his mother Erin Cotton’s hand as he waves goodbye to Donna Crosser after trick-or-treating at her house in West Manchester Township during trick-or-treating last year. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN

Patient First Neighborhood Medical Center is offering free x-rays of Halloween candy.

The digital x-rays will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Halloween night.

Additionally, leading up to Halloween, the centers are giving away safety blinkers at all of its locations, one per customer, whiles supplies last.

But for the sake of Halloween safety what exactly are they looking for in that plastic, candy-filled jack-o-lantern?

According to Dara Rees, community relations coordinator for Patient First in Central Pennsylvania, they check for metal, plastic and glass will show-up in the x-ray.

But since they’ve been offering the free serving, all the way back to the later 1980s, they don’t have a single case to show they found anything.

“Either way, it’s something to do to make sure your kids are safe,” Rees said. “It’s just one more step that parents should be doing to check their kids candy.”

Rees says they also recommend parents check the wrappers of all candy, to make sure they haven’t been tampered with in any way.

About Rebecca LeFever

Rebecca LeFever is the health reporter with a religion sub beat at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow her on Twitter @ralefever or on Facebook at facebook.com/ralefever.
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