The American Red Cross has some safety tips people can follow to stay safe this Halloween while enjoying the festivities.
1. Use only flame-resistant costumes.
2. Plan the trick-or-treat route — 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.
3. 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 to be seen.
4. Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door — never go inside.
5. Instead of masks which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, use face paint instead.
6. 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.
7. Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
8. If you are welcoming trick-or-treaters, sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps.
9. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.
10. Restrain your pets.
LEARN WHAT TO DO: Download the free Red Cross First Aid App. Users receive instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies whenever and wherever they need it. Find this and all of the Red Cross apps by searching for American Red Cross in an app store or by going to www.redcross.org/apps.