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Red Cross gives tips for a safe Halloween
Monday, October 29, 2012
American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter Encourages Precautions for Safe Halloween
PHOENIX, AZ -- Halloween is next week, and as children prepare for trick-or-treating, the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has some tips to give everyone a safe experience.
There are steps parents can take to keep their little ghosts and goblins out of harm's way:
For people who expect to welcome trick-or-treaters:
- Add reflective tape to costumes and pumpkins or bags used for collecting candy
- Utilize flame-resistant costumes
- Apply face makeup instead of wearing masks that cover eyes and create difficulty in seeing.
To maximize safety for trick-or-treaters, plan routes ahead of time, and make sure adults know where their children are going. If children are young, parents or responsible adults should accompany them as they travel through neighborhoods.
- Set a reminder to turn on outdoor lights
- Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps
- Clear porches and front yards of obstacles that kids could trip over
- Restrain pets
- Use glow sticks instead of candles in Jack-o'-lanterns to avoid fire hazards
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- Carry flashlights
- Visit only houses that have outdoor lights on
- Accept candy only at doors, never going inside houses
- Walk only on sidewalks, not in streets
- Look both ways before crossing streets; and cross streets only at corners. It's also wise for trick-or-treaters to not cut across yards or wander through alleys and to not cross or hide between parked cars.
- Be cautious around unfamiliar animals, especially dogs
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It's a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc, or follow them on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.
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You'll want to make sure that your little ghosts, ghouls, and goblins are safe while trick-or-treating.