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Treats, No Tricks and Safety First on Halloween
Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents...
On Halloween the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins, super heroes and movie legends. The celebration is growing more and more popular with everyone – kids to adults – and the American Red Cross has some safety tips people can follow to help stay safe this Halloween while enjoying the festivities.
SAFE TRICK OR TREAT
As parents get their kids ready for Halloween, here are some tips they should follow:
Use only flame-resistant costumes.
Plan the Trick-or-Treat route - make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
Make sure Trick-or Treaters can see, and be seen. Give them a flashlight to light their way. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing to be seen.
Instead of masks which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, use face paint instead.
Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies before eating. (Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that are not familiar).
WELCOMING THE KIDS ON HALLOWEEN
If you are planning on welcoming Trick-or-Treaters to your home, follow these safety steps:
Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps.
Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.
Restrain your pets.
Light the area well so the young visitors can see.
Use extra caution if driving. The youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing.
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Emergency is the one-download resource that puts vital information at your fingertips. This “all-inclusive” app combines more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts from natural to man-made, giving you real-time information to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Users can schedule appointments, track total donations, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The Blood Donor App is a great new way to help meet the constant need for blood.
Help your child become a confident swimmer. The American Red Cross Swim app puts the 100 year old Learn to Swim program in the palm of your hand. Brush up on your water safety knowledge, play parent child games together and track your child’s progress in the class.
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First Aid App
The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official American Red Cross First Aid app offers videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.
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The Red Cross Shelter Finder is available in the iTunes store and works on iOS devices. The Shelter Finder displays open Red Cross shelters and their current population on an easy to use map interface.
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