13 Red Cross Tips For a Safer Halloween

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Have fun and stay safe on Halloween!

As witches, goblins and super-heroes prepare to descend on neighbourhoods, the American Red Cross offers some safety tips for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.

Most Halloween injuries are preventable if some simple precautions are taken. Here are "lucky 13" safety tips for trick-or-treaters:

  1. Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.
  2. Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and brooms too!)
  3. Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.
  4. Cross the street only at corners.
  5. Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms.
  6. Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.
  7. Walk, slither and sneak on sidewalks; not in the street.
  8. Carry a flashlight to light your way.
  9. Visit homes that have the porch light on.
  10. Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.
  11. Be cautious of strangers and animals.
  12. Keep away from open fires and candles. (Keep in mind that costumes can be extremely flammable.
  13. Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened.

Happy Halloween!