BRATTLEBORO -- With Halloween right around the corner, the American Red Cross would like everyone to stay safe when they put on 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 Halloween safe.
There are steps parents can take to keep their little ghosts and goblins safe in their disguises. They include adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags; using flame-resistant costumes; and using face makeup instead of masks, which can cover their eyes and make it hard to see.
And there are safety tips to follow as children go from house to house. They include maximizing safety by planning a route ahead of time, making sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood; making sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight; visiting only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door -- never go inside; walking only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic; looking both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner; no cutting across yards or using alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars; and being cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
If someone is welcoming Trick-or-Treaters at their home, there are a few simple tips to consider. They include making sure the outdoor lights are on; sweeping leaves from sidewalks and steps; clearing the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over; restraining pets; and using a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.
In addition, 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 include: Step-by-step instructions on how to handle the most common first aid situations; videos and animations that make the skills easy to learn; safety and preparedness tips; and 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 going to redcross.org/mobileapps.