October 28th, 2014 16:53 EST
Trick or Treat Tips for a Safe, yet Spooky Halloween
With Halloween right around the corner, the American Red Cross would like everyone to stay safe when they don their costumes and go out to Trick-or-Treat.
Halloween`s greatest hazards aren`t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents.
The Red Cross is offering the following tips to help make this Halloween safe.
TRICK OR TREAT
Â· Look for flame-resistant costumes.
Â· 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.
Â· 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.
Â· Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door " never go inside.
Â· Consider using face paint instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see.
Â· 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.
Â· Be cautious around pets and any other animals.
WELCOMING GHOSTS AND GOBLINS
If someone is welcoming Trick-or-Treaters at their home, they should make sure the outdoor light is on. Other safety steps include:
Â· Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
Â· Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
Â· Restrain any household pets.
Â· 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 redcross.org/apps 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 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.