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Southern Missouri Region
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield MO 65803
417-832-9500 Ext. 107
Media Contact: Nigel Holderby
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Red Cross Says Have a Happy and Safe Halloween
Take Steps to Keep Everyone Safe While Trick or Treating
American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region: October 25, 2012 — Halloween is just around the corner and youngsters will soon be out trick or treating. As they get ready to collect their Halloween treats, the American Red Cross has tips to make this a fun and safe Halloween. Red Cross Volunteers will be at several locations in the Region with a message of preparedness. Watch for Red Cross Zombies in your town!
COSTUME SAFETY There are steps parents can take to keep their little ghosts and goblins safe in their disguises:
- Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Use flame-resistant costumes.
- Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover their eyes and make it hard to see.
BE SAFE WHILE OUT AND ABOUT To maximize safety for the trick or treaters, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood.
Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house:
- Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
- Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
- Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
- Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
- Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
- Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
GREETING TRICK OR TREATERS For those who expect to welcome trick-or-treaters at their door, they can make sure it’s fun for everyone by following a few tips:
- Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
- Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
- Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
- Restrain pets.
- Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.