Safety On Halloween Eve

child safety
AP
As trick-or-treaters make their way through neighborhoods across the U.S. for Halloween, parents may wonder how to help ensure their child's safety on this celebratory night.

By taking simple precautions, parents can make this trick-or-treat holiday enjoyable.

The American Red Cross has released the following "lucky 13" safety tips to prevent injuries:

  • Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and brooms, too!)
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.
  • Cross the street only at corners.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms.
  • Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.
  • Walk, slither and sneak on sidewalks; not in the street.
  • Carry a flashlight to light your way.
  • Visit homes that have the porch light on.
  • Keep away from open fires and candles. (Keep in mind that costumes can be extremely flammable.)
  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.
  • Be cautious of strangers and animals.
  • Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.

    Addtionally, parents may be worried about their kids eating too much candy. Eating a moderate amount of candy throughout the day will reduce stomach problems and tooth decay, experts say.