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- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make
sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping,
entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to
costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Secure emergency identification (name, address,
phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
- Because a mask can limit or block eyesight,
consider non-toxic and
hypoallergenic makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories,
purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant.
- Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or
swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft
and flexible to prevent injury.
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all
children and their escorts.
- Plan ahead to use only battery powered lanterns or
chemical lightsticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
- This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home Smoke Alarms.
- Teach children their home phone number and to how
call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free from any phone.
- Review with your children the principle of
"Stop-Drop-Roll", should their clothes catch on fire.
- Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate
behavior at Halloween time.
- Consider purchasing individually packaged healthy
food alternatives (or safe non-food treats) for those who visit your home.
- Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on
your porch and walkway. Check around your property for flower pots, low tree limbs,
support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from
house to house.
- Learn or
review CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a heart attack.
- Consider safe party guidelines when
hosting an Adult or Office Party.
- Find a special event or start one in your own
- Community Centers, Shopping Malls and Houses of
Worship may have organized festivities.
- Share the fun by arranging a visit to a Retirement
Home or Senior Center.
- Create an alliance with College Fraternities,
Sororities or Service Clubs for children's face painting or a carnival.
BEFORE NIGHTFALL ON HALLOWEEN:
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating
will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
- Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not
overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects, and do not block
- While children can help with the fun of designing
a Jack O' Lantern, leave the carving to adults.
- Always keep Jack O' Lanterns and hot electric
lamps far away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children and
pets will be standing or walking.
- Plan and review with your children the route and
behavior which is acceptable to you.
- Do not permit children to bicycle, roller-blade or
- Agree on a specific time when revelers must return
- Along with flashlights for all, older children and
escorts should wear a wristwatch and carry coins for non-emergency phone calls.
- Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household
pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs and cats are
wearing collars and proper identification tags. Consult your veterinarian for further advice.
- Remind all household drivers to remain cautious
and drive slowly throughout the community.
- Adult partygoers should establish and reward a
- A Parent or responsible Adult should always
accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- Remind Trick-or-Treaters:
- By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by
- Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where
you are going.
- Only trick-or-treat in well known neighborhoods at
homes that have a porch light on.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest
edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
- Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
- Always walk. Never run across a street.
- Only cross the street as a group in established
crosswalks (as recognized by local custom).
- Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight
before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
- Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have
trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.
- Never consume unwrapped food items or open
beverages that may be offered.
- No treats are to be eaten until they are
thoroughly checked by an Adult at home.
- Law Enforcement authorities should be notified
immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Wait until children are home to sort and check
treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible Adult should closely examine all treats
and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
- Try to apportion treats for the days following
- Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items
that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate
We wish you a safe and happy
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|from the Red Cross
With witches, goblins,
and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across America, the American Red Cross offers
parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable
trick-or-treat holiday. Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and
following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun.
- Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the
- Look both ways before crossing the street to check
for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.
- Cross the street only at corners.
- Don't hide or cross the street between parked
- Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so
you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and
- Plan your route and share it with your family. If
possible, have an adult go with you.
- Carry a flashlight to light your way.
- Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes
can be extremely flamable.)
- Visit homes that have the porch light on.
- Accept your treats at the door and never go into a
- Use face paint rather than masks or things that
will cover your eyes.
- 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.
Source: Red Cross
Halloween Pet Tips
NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 1997 -- Halloween can be a traumatic and even dangerous time for your
pet. Ms. Jacque Schultz, ASPCA Director of Companion Animal Services, offers some
common-sense tips to protect your pet on Halloween:
- Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween:
There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even
killed pets on this night.
- Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: Chocolate
is poisonous to a lot of animals, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be
hazardous if swallowed.
- Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin: Pets may
knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.
- Don't dress the dog in costume unless you know he
loves it. Otherwise, it puts a lot of stress on the animal.
- If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume
isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe. Be careful not to obstruct her vision
- even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they
can't see what's going on around them.
- All but the most social dogs should be kept in a
separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; too many strangers in strange garb can
be scary for a dog.
- Be careful your cat or dog doesn't dart out
through the open door.
While this can be a fun time for people and pets
alike, remember that your pets are depending on you to keep them safe from the more
dangerous goblins and ghouls that this holiday brings.
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