ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Halloween comes this weekend, and with it, the end of Daylight Savings Time.
As tiny ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses fill the streets, and people prepare to turn their clocks back, the American Red Cross shares tips to help families have a safe Halloween and make sure they are prepared for emergencies.
SAFE TRICK-OR-TREATING To maximize safety, plan your route ahead of time, and make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they make their way around the neighborhood.
Other Halloween safety tips to follow:
- Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen. Use a flashlight to light the way, add reflective tape to costumes and/or trick-or-treat bags, and wear light-colored clothing to be seen. Consider using face paint instead of masks that can cover the eyes and make it hard to see.
- Visit only the homes that have a porch light on, and accept treats at the door—never go inside.
- Walk 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, and avoid crossing between parked cars.
- Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
- Make sure an adult checks the goodies before the kids dig in. Remove any loose candy, open packages or choking hazards. Discard items with brand names that are not familiar.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME REMINDER As Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend and you turn back your clocks, follow these steps to make sure your household is prepared for emergencies:
- Check smoke alarm batteries. As you go through your house to change the clocks, take a few minutes to replace smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure alarms are working.
- Install smoke alarms. If your home is not already equipped with smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, alarms should be installed on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in your family know how to get out of every room in your home, and how to escape in two minutes or less.