Halloween is a time to spend with friends and family having fun and making memories. Whether you are going to a party, taking the kids trick or treating, or it is your first year going without parental escort; the American Red Cross reminds you that Halloween is one of the spookiest accident filled holidays. To help you have the safest Halloween yet, the American Red Cross has provides the following safety tips.
Keep little ghosts and goblins safe with costumes that have closed toe shoes and reflectors. Leave the mask off for the trick or treating and remember to carry a flashlight. Parents, don your comfortable shoes so you can keep your little ones safe by walking with them. If you choose to follow in your car, make sure that the other cars know you are escorting and going slow by leaving you’re flashing lights on.
If you are welcoming Trick-or-Treaters at their your home, make sure the outdoor light is on. Other safety steps include:
• Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
• Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
• Restrain any household pets.
Parties for all ages are a wonderful alternative to trick or treating. Remember, decorations, whether inside or outside, should be kept safely away from walkways or steps. Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.
Teens, be sure to inform your family of your whereabouts. You can enjoy yourself, but remember to take your cell phone with you in case of an emergency.
Have a happy and safe Halloween from all of us at the American Red Cross.