Halloween is right around the corner! Whether you celebrate it or not, here are some safety-tips for trick-or-treaters and their parents.  The American Red Cross is offering parents some basic safety tips to enjoy a safe Halloween.

  • Always walk on the sidewalk: never in the street
  • Only cross the street at the corners
  • Don’t hide behind or cross the street between parked cars.
  • Wear light colored or reflective-type clothing to be more visible; consider using reflective tape.
  • Plan your trick-or-treat route and share it with your family
  • Have an adult escort
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Stay away from open flames and candles; many costumes can be extremely flammable
  • Only visit homes that are well-lit
  • Don’t enter a stranger’s home; accept treats at the door.
  • Use face paint for costumes rather than masks or other items that may inhibit vision
  • Be cautious of animals and stranger; dogs, cats and other animals may be startled by children in costume.
  • Have an adult inspect all treats before eating; do not eat any item if the package has been opened.

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