American Red Cross offers safety tips for trick-or-treating

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Halloween is just days away, and little witches, pirates, and super heroes will take to the streets for trick or treat fun.

The American Red Cross is offering some tips to help everyone stay safe while enjoying the festivities.

Some tips include using face makeup instead of masks because masks can make it hard to see and flashlights and glow sticks are an inexpensive way to make sure drivers can see your children while trick-or-treating.

Children should also wear light-colored clothing and reflective tape on their costumes so they’re more visible to cars driving around the neighborhood.

Other tips for safe trick or treating include:
–    Use flame-resistant costumes
–    Plan the trick-or-treat route in advance (make sure adults know where their children are going)
–    Be careful around animals
–    Walk, don’t run
–    Only visit houses with porch lights on
–    Walk on the sidewalk, not in the street, but if there’s no sidewalk, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic

Parents and children should be aware of their surroundings, looking both ways before crossing a street and do not cut across yards or use alleyways.

If your child is trick-or-treating with other children, make sure they have a cell phone to call if there’s an emergency.
And if you are handing out candy, make sure your porch is well-lit and free from tripping hazards.
Trick-or-treaters should always
No children should trick-or-treat alone.

Adults should inspect all candy before eating.

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(This story was originally published on October 24, 2018)

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