As ghosts, pirates and
princesses prepare to descend on
neighborhoods across America on
Halloween night, the American Red
Cross offers parents some safety
tips to help prepare their children for
a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat
holiday. "By following a few simple
safety tips, parents can make this
Halloween a safe and fun time for
their little trick-or-treaters," said Matt
Crimmins, Red Cross Health and
Safety Director. "Most Halloween
injuries are preventable, if parents
and children take some simple
precautions," added Crimmins.
The Red Cross releases the
following "lucky 13" safety tips for
parents to share with their trick-or-treaters
to prevent injuries at
Red Cross Halloween Safety Tips:
• Plan your route and share it
with your family. If possible, have an
adult go with you.
• Wear light-colored or reflective-type
clothing so you are more visible.
(And remember to put reflective tape
on bikes, skateboards and brooms,
• Use face paint rather than
masks or things that will cover your
• Cross the street only at
• Look both ways before crossing
the street to check for cars, trucks
and low-flying brooms.
• Don't hide or cross the street
between parked cars.
• Walk, slither and sneak on
sidewalks, not in the street.
• Carry a flashlight to light your
• Visit homes that have the porch
• Keep away from open fires and
candles. (Keep in mind that
costumes can be extremely
• Accept your treats at the door
and never go into a stranger's house.
• Be cautious of strangers and
• Have a grown-up inspect your
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