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Red Cross offers Halloween safety tips

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The American Red Cross has sent some tips to help you have a safe Halloween. 

Executive Director Bryan Soady says the American Red Cross Serving South Central Illinois wants everyone to have fun on Halloween. In a news release sent Friday, Soady added that “a few simple safety tips can help parents and children enjoy a safe Halloween.”

The Red Cross' tips are: 

COSTUME SAFETY

  • Whether the little one wants to be a ghost, a princess or a superhero, parents can help keep them safe by following some costume advice:
    • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. 
    • Have everyone wear light-colored clothing to be seen.
    • Use flame-resistant costumes. 
    • Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover your eyes and make it hard to see.

SAFE TRICK-OR-TREATING
To maximize safety, plan the route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they make their way around the neighborhood.

Other safety tips to follow include:

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight to see where they are going and be seen by drivers. 
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
  • 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. 
  • It’s not only vampires and monsters people have to look out for. Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.

WELCOMING THE KIDS

  • If someone is manning the candy giveaway at their house, they can make sure it’s a fun night for all by doing the following:
  • Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
  • Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
  • Restrain the pets.
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.
  • Use extra caution if driving. The youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing.
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