The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

October 31, 2013

Use extra caution tonight

Streets in area communities will be full oh ghosts and goblins, princesses and pirates tonight — despite the forecast for rain — as trick-or-treaters make their annual rounds to collect candy.

With sunset now occurring before 6 p.m., many little ones will be out and about in the dark. That means drivers must use an extra dose of caution on the streets, especially if the weather is bad.

The American Red Cross offers these tip for a safe Halloween:

• Plan the route so adults know where children plan to go. An adult should accompany younger children.

• Make sure the children carry a flashlight. Reflective tape on costumes and treat bags also helps children be seen easier by passing vehicles.

• Visit only houses with porch lights on. Children should not go inside.

• Use makeup instead of masks so children’s sight is not impaired.

• Use extra care if children must walk in the street. Cross only at corners, and be sure everyone looks both ways before they cross a street.

For those who want to welcome trick-or-treaters, the Red Cross suggests sweeping front walks and steps to be sure no leaves or other debris can cause a fall. And it also suggests pets should be restrained to avoid any unexpected confrontations.

To avoid a fire hazard, use glow sticks instead of jack o’lanterns instead of candles.

The Red Cross even offers a first aid app at redcross.org/mobileapps with information on how to handle minor injuries and help keep Halloween safe.

Children can become extra excited during Halloween’s festivities. Patience and using extra care will go a long wau toward making sure the holiday stays a safe one for all.

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