March 29, 2020

Red Cross offers tips for a safe Halloween

PRESQUE ISLE – The Aroostook County branch of the American Red Cross would like to remind all trick-or-treaters of these 13 tips for a happy Halloween.

. Use face paint rather then masks or things that will cover the eyes.

. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing so that you are more visible. Put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and broomsticks.

. Map out the route you plan to take and share the route with family and friends. If possible, take an adult along with you to share the fun.

. Always carry a flashlight with you to light your path.

. Stay on the sidewalk and never walk in the street.

. Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars.

. Never hide behind or cross the street between parked cars.

. Go to the corner to cross the street.

. Don’t go near open flames or candles. Costumes can be extremely flammable.

. Visit only homes that are well-lit or have the porch light on.

. Accept treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.

. Be cautious of animals and strangers.

. Have an adult inspect treats before eating. Don’t eat candy if the package is already open. Small, hard pieces of candy are choking hazards for young children.

For more tips on staying safe during Halloween and other occasions, contact the Aroostook Branch of the American Red Cross at 762-5671 or log onto for information about health and safety planning.

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