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Red Cross Offers Tips for a Safe, Yet Spooky Halloween


The American Red Cross reminds everyone to stay safe when they put on their costumes and go out to Trick-or-Treat this week. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents. 

The Red Cross has a fun, interactive app specifically designed for children to learn, practice and share information on how to stay safe in emergencies. Monster Guard: Preparing for Emergencies is an exciting way to become prepared for any Halloween mishap or everyday crisis year-round. Users learn skills like building a preparedness kit and making a plan to help them react quickly and confidently in an emergency. 

The Red Cross is offering the following tips to help make this Halloween safe: 

GOING OUT TO TRICK-OR-TREAT 

• Look for flame-resistant costumes. 

• Plan the Trick-or-Treat route and 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 have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. 

• Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside. 

• Consider using face paint instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see. 

• 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. 

• Be cautious around pets and any other animals. 

WELCOMING GHOSTS AND GOBLINS 

If someone is welcoming Trick-or-Treaters at their home, they should 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. 

• Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard. 

For more information and to download Monster Guard: Preparing for Emergencies and other apps like the Red Cross Emergency App to learn life-saving skills for common, everyday first aid emergencies. 

About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois: 

The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit us at redcross.org/il/chicago or visit us on Twitter at @ChicagoRedCross.