Red Cross Tips for a Safe Halloween


 DECATUR - The American Red Cross is reminding everyone that Halloween's greatest hazards come from falls, mishaps, and traffic accidents. As a result, the organization is offering the following advice to ensure everyone has a safe Halloween.

  • Look for flame-resistant costumes.
  • Plane 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 all 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.
  • Visit only homes with porch lights on. Accept treats at the door. Never go inside.
  • Instead of masks, consider using face paint.
  • Walk only on sidewalks, not on the street. If no sidewalks are available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Don't cut across yards, alleys, or between parked cars.
  • Be cautious around pets and any other animals.
  • For information on situations that call for first aid, download the American Red Cross First Aid App:]
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