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Red Cross Offers Tips for a Safe, yet Spooky Halloween

Oklahoma City, October 27th,  2014 — With Halloween festivities taking place this week in Oklahoma, the American Red Cross would like everyone to stay safe as they don their costumes and go out to Trick-or-Treat.

Halloween is just a few days away, and everyone is preparing to dress up and pig out; however, Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains. For Oklahoma children suiting up this week, falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents are a priority for concern.

To keep communities safe, the Red Cross is offering the following tips to help make this Halloween safe this year.

•    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 the Trick-or-Treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing in order to be seen.
•    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.

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.

People can also download the Red Cross First Aid App at to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more 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. To learn more go online to .