Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October in a Nutshell

Make Halloween Safe & Less Scary

by Squiggy the Squirrel

Whether you’re a goblin in Alexandria, a superhero in Prince George’s County, a zombie in DC, or a witch in Prince William County, Halloween characters will take over the night. But even scary creatures need to be safe and celebrate Halloween right. Halloween's greatest hazards aren't vampire and villains, but falls, costume mishaps, and automobile accidents. The Red Cross and I 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 superheros 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, slighter 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.
Consider downloading the Red Cross First Aid app in case of any trick-or-treating emergencies. This app gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. It includes videos, interactive quizzes, and simple step-by-step advice. It's never been easier to know first aid! 

Glow sticks, lanterns, and safety, oh my! Bring along these fun favorites from the Red Cross Store on your Halloween outing and be prepared for life's emergencies!

And my final note - whether you're an adult, kid or team, have a safe and happy Halloween!


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