Tips For A Safe Halloween

Playing It Safe Makes It Fun For Every One

New masks for Halloween don't block a child's vision, and they reflect light. Created by a pediatric surgeon for children's safety, the masks are made of 3M medical foam tape and come in eight peelable pieces. Scotchlite reflective materials on the mask make it easy to see children at dusk or in the dark as they trick-or-treat. The Instant Disguise mask, a new product of HNT Brands, Minneapolis, comes in fairy princess and tiger faces and is available at www.instantdisguise.com. (PRNewsFoto/HNT Brands)

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by Mike Ford

ANCHORAGE- Halloween brings youngsters out for trick or treating. The American Red Cross is sharing  tips to make this a fun and safe evening.

COSTUME SAFETY
• Layer clothing under costumes to ensure kids stay warm while outside.
• 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
• 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 between parked cars.
• Be cautious around strange animals, moose love pumpkin.
 

GREETING TRICK OR TREATERS
• Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
• Clear snow from sidewalks and steps. Use non-toxic ice-melt if walkways are icy.
• 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.
 

For more on staying safe connect with us.

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