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Red Cross Offers Tips to Help Have a Safe Halloween

Safety Tips Offered for Homeowners Welcoming Trick-or-Treaters

STATEWIDE – With Halloween just around the corner and children taking to the streets for some fun, the American Red Cross in Maine has some safety tips to help stay safe and while enjoy the festivities.

“The Red Cross wants Halloween to be a fun night for everyone,” said Justin Burkhardt, Director of Communications for the Red Cross in Maine.  “Safety should be a priority for parents as they get their children ready for Halloween.” 

SAFETY TIPS FOR TRICK-or-TREATERS
1. Use only flame-resistant costumes.
2. Plan the trick-or-treat route – make sure adults know where children are going. 
3. Have a parent or responsible adult accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
4. 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 help be seen.
5. Instead of masks which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, use face paint instead.
6. Be cautious around animals.
7. Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
8. 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.
9. Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies before eating. Remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.
10. Drivers – use extra caution. The youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing.

TIPS FOR WELCOMING CHILDREN ON HALLOWEEN
People, who are planning on welcoming trick-or-treaters to their home, should follow these safety steps:
• Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
• Clear the porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.
• Keep pets away from front door.
• Light the area well so the young visitors can see where they are going.

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About the American Red Cross: 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 MaineRedCross.org, like the American Red Cross of Maine on Facebook or visit us on Twitter at @ARC_Maine.