Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk For Oct. 29, 2012

Red Cross Says Have a Happy and Safe Halloween

Take Steps to Keep Everyone Safe While Trick or Treating

Halloween is just around the corner and youngsters will soon be out trick-or-treating. As they get ready to collect their Halloween treats, the American Red Cross has tips to make this a fun and safe Halloween.

“Halloween is a fun time, especially for the little ones,” said Patty Tucker, Tupelo Chapter Manager. “The Red Cross has steps everyone can take to make sure their Halloween is also a safe one,” said Tucker.

COSTUME SAFETY There are steps parents can take to keep their little ghosts and goblins safe in their disguises:

  • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Use flame-resistant costumes.
  • Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover their eyes and make it hard to see.

BE SAFE WHILE OUT AND ABOUT To maximize safety for the trick-or-treaters, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood.

Here are more safety tips to follow, as children go from house to house:

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
  • Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
  • Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.

GREETING TRICK-OR-TREATERS  For those who expect to welcome trick-or-treaters at their door, they can make sure it’s fun for everyone by following a few tips:

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

Halloween is a wonderful time and let’s keep our children safe. In a strange way, Halloween kicks off the holiday season, so let’s take the time to be safe, always. One tragedy can destroy a community.

Also, pick up this week’s Halloween edition of The Real Story. The photography of Martin Howard will be awesome as always. So don’t miss another issue of The Real Story!

Happy Early Halloween from us to you!

This Week’s Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk is courtesy of the American Red Cross.

MoJo

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3 Comments on “Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk For Oct. 29, 2012”

  1. danny younger Says:

    where are the stats on the State – Bama game? Did State get many yards?

    Reply

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