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Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Lucky 13 From the American Red Cross

Ghouls and goblins will take over the night. But even scary creatures need to be safe and celebrate Halloween right. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and automobile collisions. The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter wants your family to have a safe Halloween so they’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 superheroes 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, slither 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.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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