Halloween is just around the corner and 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 you are not familiar with.
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.
Download the free Red Cross First Aid App for instant access to expert advice in case your ghost, goblin or super hero has a mishap. Use the Emergency App for weather alerts and to let others know you are safe if severe weather occurs. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.