Ten trick-or-treat safety tips from the American Red Cross

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Sending your kids out the door on Halloween? The American Red Cross has ten tips to help keep the kids safe while enjoying the festivities.

1. Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen:

  • Use face makeup whenever possible. If you wear a mask, make sure you can see out of the holes or make the holes bigger so you can see out of them.
  • Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight to light their way.
  • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Have everyone wear light-colored clothing.

2. Use flame-resistant costumes.

3. Make sure adults know where the kids are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door to door.

4. Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.

5. Walk. Don’t run.

6. Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside, unless it is your own house.

7.  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.
  • Drivers: Use extra caution. The youngsters may forget to look both ways before crossing.

8. A grown-up should check the goodies before eating.

  • Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards.
  • Discard any items with unfamiliar brand names.

If you are planning on welcoming trick-or-treaters to your home, follow these safety tips:

9. Light the area well so young visitors can see.

10. Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.

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