“Lucky 13”: Tips for a safe Halloween

(A Message from the American Red Cross) 

  Halloween’s around the corner, so before you put the finishing touches on costumes and stock up on candy, take a look at our “Lucky 13” safety tips to make it a safe evening:

Lucky 13 Safety Tips
Lucky 13 Safety Tips
Be safe while you have fun this Halloween

 Our Lucky 13 Tips for a Safe Halloween

Ghouls and goblins will take over the night. But even scary creatures need to be safe and celebrate Halloween right. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and automobile collisions. The Red Cross want your family to have a safe Halloween so we’re providing these tips,

 The Lucky 13:  
 
1. Map out the route that you plan to roam, so adults are assured you will find your way home!
 
2. From the bravest of superheroes to the noblest of knights, everyone should remember to bring their flashlights!
 
 
3. If you visit a house where a stranger resides, accept treats at the door and, please, don’t go inside.
 
4. When you get ready to put on your disguise, use face paint instead of masks, which will cover your eyes.
 
5. Always remember, before you embark, to wear light-colored clothing to be seen in the dark! (And remember to use reflective tape, even on bikes, and brooms and the edges of your cape!)
 
6. Whether you walk, slither or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street.
 
7. As you roam through the neighborhood collecting your treats, please look both ways before crossing the street! (And speaking of streets, the corners are the place for trick or treaters to cross no matter their pace.)
 
8. Wigs, capes and costumes are flammable attire, so avoid open flames to prevent a fire!
 
9. Use a glow stick instead of a candle so your jack-o-lantern isn’t a safety gamble!
 
10. You may fly on a broom or a space ship from Mars, but please be on the lookout for drivers in cars! (Between parked cars is no place to hide, be sure that you’re seen whether you’re a clown or a bride.)
 
11. Monsters and zombies should stay off the lawn, and only visit homes with their porch lights turned on!
 
12. You may be dressed as a werewolf, a cat or a frog, but be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
 
13. Have a grown-up inspect your candy when you’re done trick-or-treating to remove open packages and choking hazards before eating.
 
For additional information on how you and your family can be prepared for emergencies on Halloween or on any day of the year, please contact your local chapter or visit www.redcross.org.
 
 
Sure, Halloween should be spooky. But your friendly neighborhood witches and ghosts need to stay safe while they’re out scaring up a storm. It’s easy to do with a bit of planning (and batteries for those flashlights!), and by passing along important advice to kids about how to avoid accidents and other bumps in the night.Check out our Halloween safety tips now – pass them along to friends.Wishing you a spooky but safe Halloween!
Connie Harvey
Connie Harvey
Preparedness and Health and Safety Services