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Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is just around the corner; it’s time for costumes, candy and lots of fun! But, even vampires, witches, and goblins need to be cautious during their Halloween night festivities. American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Chapter offers PARENT SAFETY TIPS to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday. Paying attention to these common sense practices can keep the spooky surprises of Halloween cheerful and safe.

  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Cross the street only at corners, use crosswalks, and look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards.)
  • 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 flammable.)
  • Visit homes that have the porch light on.
  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Use face paint rather than masks or costumes that will cover your eyes.
  • Be cautious of animals and strangers.
  • Trick-or-treat within a group. Do not trick-or-treat alone.

Halloween Candy…

  • To help prevent children from snacking, give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach.
  • Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating. Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents of their “goody bags.”
  • Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.
  • Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating and don’t eat candy with tampered or opened packaging. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children. Throw away anything that looks suspicious

~The American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Chapter

October 3, 2015

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