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Staying safe this Halloween


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The American Red Cross has released the "Lucky 13," tips to keep your family safe during Halloween.

  • Map out the route that you plan to roam, so adults are assured you will find your way home! 
  • From the bravest of superheroes to the noblest of knights, everyone should remember to bring their flashlights!
  • If you visit a house where a stranger resides, accept treats at the door and, please, don't go inside.
  • When you get ready to put on your disguise, use face paint instead of masks, which will cover your eyes.
  • Always remember, before you embark, to wear light-colored clothing to be seen in the dark!  (And remember to use reflective tape, even on bikes, skateboards and brooms!)
  • Whether you walk, slither or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street.
  • As you roam through the neighborhood collecting your treats, please look both ways before crossing the street! (And cross from the corner!)
  • Wigs, capes and costumes are flammable attire, so avoid open flames to prevent a fire!
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle so your jack-o-lantern isn't a safety gamble!
  • You may fly on a broom or a space ship from Mars, but please be on the lookout for drivers in cars! (And don't hide between parked vehicles).
  • Monsters and zombies should stay off the lawn, and only visit homes with their porch lights turned on!
  • You may be dressed as a werewolf, a cat or a frog, but be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
  • Have a grown-up inspect your candy when you're done trick-or-treating to remove open packages and choking hazards before eating.
  • For a detailed list of Halloween safety tips for motorists, parents and homeowners, contact the Grant Wood Area Chapter or visit


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