With Halloween right around the corner, the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross would like everyone to stay safe when they don their costumes and go out to Trick-or-Treat.
Halloween's greatest hazards aren't vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents, so the Red Cross is offering the following last-minute tips to help make this Halloween safe:
- Look for flame-resistant costumes.
- Plan the Trick-or-Treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
- Make sure the Trick-or-Treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing in order to be seen.
- Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door never go inside.
- Instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, consider using face paint.
- 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.
- Children ages 5-14 are four times more likely to be killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year. Falls are the leading cause of injuries among children on Halloween.
- Be cautious around pets and any other animals.
- Talk to children in advance about boundaries for how many pieces of candy will be eaten Halloween night (three to five recommended).
- Ensure kids carry a flashlight and cell phone.
- Send kids trick-or-treating on a full stomach by planning an easy meal, like a bowl of whole-wheat pasta or a quick peanut butter and banana sandwich.
- By visiting 15 houses, the average trick-or-treater can collect up to 60 pieces of "fun-size" candy on Halloween night. The calories, fat and sugar content of a bag of typical Halloween treats is equivalent to 4,800 calories, one-and-a-half cups of fat and three cups of sugar. It's important to provide sweets in moderation and focus on the fun and family time of the event - not the candy.
Welcoming Ghosts And Goblins: If someone is welcoming Trick-or-Treaters at their home, they should make sure the outdoor light is on. Other safety steps include:
- Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
- Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
- Restrain any household pets.
- When choosing candies to give on Halloween, select ones with nutritional value like chocolates (the darker the better) or candies with nuts.
- Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.
Learn What To Do: People can download the free American Red Cross First Aid App. Users receive instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies whenever and wherever they need it. Features of the app include:
- Step-by-step instructions on how to handle the most common first aid situations.
- Videos and animations that make the skills easy to learn.
- Safety and preparedness tips.
The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross serves a 20-county area in northeast Wisconsin and the Michigan-Wisconsin Border communities, including Iron Mountain and Kingsford.