Planning for a Safe Halloween

By: Jodi Baker Email
By: Jodi Baker Email

Trick-or-treaters will take over neighborhoods across the metro Wednesday evening. But the American Red Cross warns parents to make sure to take some basic safety measures.

Costume safety, said Tina Labellarte, Chief Executive Officer of the Nebraska/SW Iowa Region, said costume safety should be the first priority. She recommends:

  • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Use flame-resistant costumes.
  • Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover their eyes and make it hard to see.

    Labellarte said before heading out on Halloween, parents and children should take time to plan their route. Make sure adults know where children are going, if they're older. And if they're younger, they should be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult.

    Also, when going door-to-door, she said:

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
  • 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.
  • Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.

    For those greeting trick-or-treaters, the Red Cross recommends:

  • Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
  • Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
  • Restrain pets.
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.

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