2011-10-28 / Community

Trick-Or-Treat Safety Tips For Goblins Of All Ages

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be hit by a moving vehicle, such as a car, motorcycle, SUV or truck, on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

This year, Halloween falls on Monday, October 31.

Thousands of children and young adults will be walking around local neighborhoods during the late afternoon and after sunset.

While trick-or-treating has the potential to be scary and dangerous at times, these guidelines provided by the American Red Cross in Greater New York, can help goblins and ghosts of all ages enjoy their Halloween, safely.

Tips to Teach Children:

• Plan your route and share it with
your family. If possible, have an adult
go with you.
• Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no
sidewalks, walk on the left side of the
road, facing traffic.
• Look both ways before crossing the
street to check for cars, trucks, and
low-flying brooms.
• Cross the street only at corners, not
in the middle of the block; stay together in a group before crossing.
• Never hide or cross the street between parked cars.
• Wear light-colored or reflective
clothing so that you are more visible.
(And remember to put reflective tape
on bikes, skateboards and brooms,
• Use face paint rather than masks or
big floppy hats that will cover your
• Don’t wear long, baggy, or loose costumes or extra-large shoes – you could
trip and fall!
• Carry a flashlight to light your way.
• Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely
flammable.) If a costume catches fire,
• Only visit well-lit homes that have a
porch light on.

• Accept treats at the door; never go
into a stranger’s house or apartment.
•Be cautious of animals and
• Have a grown-up inspect your
treats before eating them.
• Don’t eat candy if the package has already been opened.

Tips for parents

• Establish a route in a well-known
neighborhood and discuss it with your
• Review Halloween safety precautions with children, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
• Accompany children under age 12 –
you, another responsible adult, or an
older youth.
• Remember that masks can restrict
peripheral vision and hearing.
Choose a firm return time.
• Make sure children know their
phone numbers and carry coins for
emergency telephone calls.
• Purchase fire retardant/fireproof
costumes. Check the tag/label on the
costume to make sure.
• Make sure your older children are
carrying ID.
• Have children use flexible costume
knives and swords, not ones that are
rigid and sharp.
• Ask children to bring treats home before eating them so that you can inspect them.

• Call your local poison control center if
you believe your child has eaten something tainted.
• Flush eyes with cool water should
face paint, glitter, or shaving cream
get into eyes.
• Prepare for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns and sidewalks and
placing jack-o-lanterns out of reach.
• When carving pumpkins, use stable, flat surfaces with good lighting.

Tips for drivers

• Slow down in residential neighborhoods (drive at least five miles under
the speed limit) to give yourself time
to react to the excited trick-or-treaters
who might dart into the street, especially midblock or from between
parked cars.
• Broaden your visual scanning – look
to your right and left, into front yards
and onto porches.

• Watch carefully for small superheroes, vampires and goblins in dark
costumes walking on the roads, medians and curbs; they can be hard to see,
after dark.
• Use caution when exiting driveways
and alleyways.
• Turn on your vehicle’s headlights,
even during the day. They make you
more visible.
The Red Cross urges all adults to be
prepared to respond to emergencies on
Halloween and during the rest of the
year by enrolling in first aid, CPR and
other safety classes.

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