Safety tips to make Trick-or-Treating Safe
Halloween is just days away for Tennessee trick-or-treaters. Fast becoming one of the most popular holidays in this country, masses of little superheroes, cartoon and television characters will be out in their neighborhoods for a night of fun memories. The American Red Cross has these tips parents can follow to help all little ghouls and goblins stay safe while enjoying the fall festivities.
- Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen.
- Use face makeup instead of masks which make seeing difficult.
- 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.
- Use flame-resistant costumes.
- Make sure adults know where the kids are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door.
- Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
- Walk, don’t run.
- Only visit 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.
- Drivers – use extra caution. The youngsters may forget to look both ways before crossing.
- A grown-up should check the goodies before eating.
- Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards.
- Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.
Don’t forget little “tricks” that can make for a safe night for those visiting your home. “Be sure to light the area so kids can see when coming to your door,” said Joel Sullivan, regional executive for the American Red Cross of the Tennessee Region. “It is also important to take time to sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps and clear your porch and front yards of things that could cause someone to trip.”
Download the free Red Cross First Aid App for instant access to expert first aid advice right at your fingertips. Use the free app Emergency for weather alerts and to let others know you are safe if severe weather occurs. Find these and all of the Red Cross app treats in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.