American Red Cross offers tips for Halloween as pandemic continues
Trick-or-treating is back this Halloween; however, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means there are extra factors to consider when planning your activities. The American Red Cross offers these tips and more to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the U.S. and with most communities returning to normal activities this school year, people should expect a higher volume of visitors in search of tricks and treats. Whether you’re handing out goodies or going door-to-door, with just a few simple considerations you can make sure your family and those around you are safe and sound.
Here are the top tips for parents to keep in mind while getting their kids ready for Halloween this year:
- Make your cloth mask part of your costume. A costume mask is not a safe substitute for a cloth mask. Avoid wearing a costume mask over a cloth mask as it can make breathing difficult.
- Plan outdoor activities and avoid indoor events where the risk of virus transmission is higher.
- Bring hand sanitizer with you while trick-or-treating and use it after touching objects or other people. Wash your hands when you get home.
- Avoid trick-or-treating in large groups, and social distance from others around the neighborhood.
- Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen. Give kids a flashlight to light their way, and consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Plan the trick-or-treat route in advance, and make sure adults know where their children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door.
- It’s not only vampires and monsters that people must look out for this Halloween. Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
- Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. Avoid running. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don’t cross between parked cars.
- Only visit homes that have a porch light on, and never go inside.
- Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies before eating. Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that are not familiar to you.
For those planning to welcome trick-or-treaters to their homes, follow these safety steps:
- Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
- Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters by setting up an area with individually bagged treats for kids to take. Wash your hands before handling treats.
- Maintain social distancing and wear a cloth mask.
- Light the area well so that young visitors can see.
- Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles that someone could trip over.
The Red Cross offers a free first aid app at http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/first-aid-app for instant access to expert advice in case your ghost, goblin or superhero has a mishap. You can access the Red Cross emergency app (available at http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/emergency-app) to receive weather alerts and to let others know you are safe if severe weather occurs. You can find these and other Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or visiting redcross.org/apps.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members, and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org.
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