Halloween Safety Tips
October 05, 2018
By Erin Miller, American Red Cross Central Illinois Region
Now that October has arrived, ghouls and goblins in search of candy treats will soon take over the night. But even scary creatures need to be safe and celebrate right.
Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and mummies, but falls, costume mishaps, and traffic accidents. The American Red Cross wants the holiday to be freakishly fun, so we are offering a few Halloween tricks and tips for a safe night.
Whether a child wants to be a princess, a pirate, or a superhero for Halloween, parents can help keep it safe by using these simple tips when preparing costumes:
• Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
• Use flame-resistant costumes.
• Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover your eyes and make it hard to see.
Navigating the Neighborhood
To maximize safety, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood. Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house:
• Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
• 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.
• Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
• Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
If you are out driving on Halloween, be sure to:
• Slow down in residential neighborhoods.
• Watch for children walking along roadways and curbs.
• Enter and exit driveways carefully.
• Use your vehicle headlights, even during the day, so you are easily seen.
Trick or Treat!
For those who expect to greet trick-or-treaters at their door, make sure it’s fun for everyone by following a few tips:
• Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
• Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
• Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
• Bring pets inside and be sure that they are restrained when opening the door.
• Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.
Most Halloween injuries are preventable, if parents and children follow these Red Cross tips and precautions. So avoid the plagues and nightmares that could happen and have a safe and Happy Halloween! \
Follow the Red Cross tips to ensure your Halloween is frightfully fun. Our website is redcross.org/centralil and our number is 309-677-7272.
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