Tips to keep trick-or-treaters safe – Reading Eagle

Little superheroes, princesses, cartoon characters and others will flood the streets this week, so it’s time to talk about safety.

Berks County, PA —

Little superheroes, princesses, cartoon characters and others will flood the streets this week, and the American Red Cross wants to help keep these trick-or-treaters safe. “Halloween is a fun time for everyone and we want to make sure you all stay safe while enjoying it,” said Dave Skutnik, communications director for Red Cross’ Eastern Pennsylvania region.

The nonprofit issued these tips to help keep children and their parents or guardians safe.

Costume logic

    • Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen.
    • Use face makeup instead of masks. It’s easier to see.
    • Give kids a flashlight.
    • Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags.
    • Kids and adults should dress in light-colored clothing.
    • Wear flame-resistant costumes.
    • Plan a route in advance, and make sure parents know where their children are going.
    • A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door.

Trick-or-treat tips

    • Be cautious around animals.
    • Walk, don’t run.
    • Only visit homes with 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.
    • Look both ways before crossing.

Checking the loot

    • Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies.
    • Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards.
    • Discard any items with unfamiliar names.

Safe spaces

Those planning to welcome trick-or-treaters, should:

  • Light the area well so young visitors can see.
  • Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear porches and front yards of obstacles.

Contact Michelle N. Lynch: 610-371-5084 or mlynch@readingeagle.com.

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