Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents. The American Red Cross offers these following tips to make your Halloween a safe one:
- 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 to be seen.
- Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside. Complete your trick or treating by 8:00pm.
- Instead of masks which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, use face paint instead.
- 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 strange animals, especially dogs.
KEEP THE LIGHT ON If you are welcoming trick-or-treaters at your home, follow these safety steps:
- Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
- Keep the front porch light on.
- 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.
Complete your trick or treating by 8:00pm. Keep your witches and goblins safe. First Aid at your fingertips – download the free American Red Cross First Aid App. You can find all of the Red Cross apps in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.