Halloween safety tips

Public Safety. Halloween can be lots of fun, but without some basic safety measures, it can be an accident waiting to happen. Here are some Red Cross tips to keep kids safe.

25 Oct 2019 | 12:05

On Thursday, Oct. 31, lots of kids dressed as ghosts and super heroes will be walking through their neighborhoods for trick or treat fun. The American Red Cross has ten tips parents can follow to help keep children safe while enjoying Halloween festivities.
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Trick-or-treaters need to be able to see where they are walking and need to be visible.
- Use face makeup instead of masks.
- Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight.
- Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Wear bright clothing.
-Use flame-resistant costumes.
-Know where children are trick or treating. Accompany young children.
-Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
-Walk, don’t run.
-Only visit homes that have a porch light on & never step inside.
-Walk only on sidewalks, not the street.
- If there's no sidewalk is , walk at road's edge, facing traffic.
- Look both ways, and cross only at the corner.
- Don’t cut across yards or use alleys.
- Don’t cross between parked cars.
- Drivers should use extra caution. Children may forget to look before crossing.
-A grown-up should check the treats before children eat them.
- Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards.
- Discard any items with brand names you never heard of.
If you are planning to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home, follow these safety steps:
Light the area well so young visitors can see.
Sweep leaves away & remove porch obstacles.