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.
RED CROSS HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS:
· 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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Public Information Officer
Financial Development Assistant
American Red Cross
Greater Ozarks Chapter
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO. 65803
417-832-9500 EXT. 107
Toll Free: 1-866-206-0256 EXT. 107
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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.
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