Halloween Safety Tips



October 27, 2010



Springfield, MO –  As ghosts, pirates and princesses prepare to descend on neighborhoods across America on Halloween night, the American Red Cross offers parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.  By following a few simple safety tips, parents can make this Halloween a safe and fun time for their little trick-or-treaters.  Most Halloween injuries are preventable if parents and children take some simple precautions. 


The following “lucky 13” safety tips are for parents to share with their trick-or-treaters to help prevent injuries.



·                    Plan your route and share it with your family.  If possible, have an adult go with you.

·                     Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible.  (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and brooms, too.)

·                    Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.

·                    Cross the street only at corners.

·                    Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms.

·                    Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.

·                    Walk, slither and sneak on sidewalks; not in the street.

·                    Carry a flashlight to light your way.

·                    Visit homes that have the porch light on.

·                    Keep away from open fires and candles.  (Keep in mind that costumes can be extremely flammable.

·                    Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s home.

·                    Be cautious of strangers and animals.

·                    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. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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Joann Moore

Public Information Officer

Financial Development Assistant

American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO.  65803

417-832-9500  EXT. 107

Fax 417-866-3649

Toll Free: 1-866-206-0256 EXT. 107




    SHOP OURONLINE STOREhttp://www.redcross-ozarks.org/storefor a selection of SAFETYSUPPLIES!




The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

… Click on the link www.redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady  and GET PREPARED!







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