Agencies offer tips to prevent trick-or-treat dangers

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As Halloween gets closer, authorities across the state are encouraging families to think about safety this holiday.

The American Red Cross has a few tips to make sure families stay safe when they are out and about.

  • Look for flame-resistant costumes.
  • Plan a trick-or-treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight and add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on and accept treats at the door. Never go inside.
  • Consider using face paint instead of masks, so it is easier to see.
  • Walk on the sidewalks or the edge of the roadway, not the street.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner.
  • Do not cross between parked cars or across yards.
  • Be cautious around pets and other animals.

The Norman Police Department says children are more likely to be injured in pedestrian accidents for several reasons.

  • They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than taking the safer route of crossing at corners.
  • They’re poor at evaluating potential traffic threats.
  • They’re more likely to disregard their peripheral vision and are less attentive of their street surroundings.
  • They have a tendency to believe they are indestructible and are more likely to take risks.
  • They need to be told that some people driving cars will not slow down for them.
  • They can’t cross streets as rapidly as adults.
  • They may be distracted by other children’s costumes, behaviors and home decorations.

When it comes to welcoming trick-or-treaters at their home, residents should make sure the outdoor light is on and make it easier for little ones to watch their step.

  • Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
  • Restrain any household pets.
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.

In case of emergency, the Red Cross advises families to download the American Red Cross First Aid app.

The app gives step-by-step instructions on handling first aid situations, videos and safety tips.

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