Red Cross offers tips for a safe, yet spooky Halloween
injuries, costume mishaps, traffic accidents
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PEORIA -- With Halloween right
around the corner, the American Red Cross wants everyone to stay
safe when they don their costumes and go out to trick-or-treat.
Halloween's greatest hazards aren't vampires and villains, but
falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents, so the Red Cross is
offering the following tips to help make this Halloween safe:
Preparing to trick-or-treat
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 the
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 the
homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door --
never go inside.
Instead of masks,
which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, consider using
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.
Be cautious around pets and any other
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Welcoming ghosts and goblins
If someone is welcoming trick-or-treaters at their home, they
should make sure the outdoor light is on. Other safety steps
Sweep leaves from
the sidewalks and steps.
Clear the porch or
front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
Use a glow stick instead of a candle in
the jack-o'-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.
Learning what to do in emergencies
People can download the free American Red Cross First Aid App.
Users receive instant access to expert advice for everyday
emergencies whenever and wherever they need it. Features of the app
instructions on how to handle the most common first-aid
animations that make the skills easy to learn.
Quizzes that users can take to earn
badges, which they can share with their friends on social media.
People can find all of the Red Cross apps in the Apple App Store
or the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by
[Text from file received from the
American Red Cross, Central Illinois