Red Cross offers 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, so the Red Cross is offering the following tips to help make this Halloween safe:

First of all, parents are encouraged to pick out flame-resistant costumes.

Then, plan the Trick-or-Treat route and make sure adults know where children are going at all times. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.

Trick-or-Treaters should also have a flashlight, and add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags and/or 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.

Instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, parents could consider using face paint to avoid accidents.

Children are encouraged to 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.

Lastly, be cautious around pets and any other animals.

For those who are welcoming ghosts or goblins to their homes, make sure the outdoor light is on; clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over; restrain any household pets; and consider using a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.

People can also download the free American Red Cross First Aid App. Users receive instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies whenever and wherever they need it. Features of the app include: step-by-step instructions on how to handle the most common first aid situations; videos and animations that make the skills easy to learn; safety and preparedness tips; and quizzes that users can take to earn badges which they can share with their friends on social media.

People 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

While most of these tips seem simple, it’s the simple things that are sometimes taken fro granted. Please take the time to talk to kids about Trick-or-Treating rules so that parents and their youngsters are all on the same page when the holiday is here.

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