Halloween Safety Issues Addressed
"Ghouls and goblins are coming to take over the night. But even scary creatures need to be safe and celebrate Halloween night," says a spokesman for the American Red Cross. "That's why the Moore County Chapter of the American Red Cross wants everyone to remember 13 is your lucky number for a Happy Halloween."
Before the fairies fly off to collect their treats, keep in mind these 13 tips for a happy Halloween:
-- Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover the eyes.
-- Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and brooms, too!)
-- Map out the route you plan to take and share the information with family or friends. If possible, bring an adult along with you to share the fun!
-- Always carry a flashlight to brighten your path.
-- Stay on the sidewalks and never walk in the street.
-- Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars.
-- Never hide behind or cross the street between parked cars.
-- Go to the corner to cross the street.
-- Don't go near open fires and candles. Costumes can be extremely flammable.
-- Only visit homes that have well lit hallways or the porch light turned on.
-- Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's home.
-- Be cautious of animals and strangers.
-- Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
For more tips on how to stay safe during Halloween and other occasions, contact the Moore County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 910-692-8571 for information on health and safety planning.
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