Red Cross offers tips for safe Halloween
Carson Mall’s annual Safe Trick-or Treat event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today.
First Baptist Church, 1750 Mountain St., will host its Trunk ‘n Treat event from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Trick-or-treating will take place at downtown businesses from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today as part of Carson City Downtown Business Association’s Candy Crawl. A map of the event is available at http://www.ccdowntown.com.
Skyline Estates, 2861 N. Mountain St., is hosting its second annual safe trick-or-treating event from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
Gov. Brian Sandoval and first lady Kathleen will host the annual trick-or-treating at the Governor’s Mansion today.
Beginning at 5 p.m., the first family will distribute candy, toothbrushes and books to children.
This year’s event will run through 8 p.m. with live entertainment for all ages. That includes the Controlled Burn Fire Dangers, Ms. Blanchett’s Irish Dancers, Crash Test Dummies, clowns, bike safety demonstrations and music by Fabrizio.
The mansion grounds are already heavily decorated for Halloween with gouls and gobblins, gravestones and other scary features.
The mansion is located at 606 Mountain St. in Carson City.
The American Red Cross offers the top 10 steps to stay safe as families don their costumes for trick-or-treat fun.
Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t ghouls and goblins, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents. The following tips will help make this Halloween safe.
Look for flame-resistant costumes.
Plan the trick-or-treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
Make sure the trick-or-treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing to be seen.
Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door — never go inside.
Masks that cover the eyes can make it hard to see; use face paint instead.
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. Homeowners should restrain their pets as they welcome trick-or-treaters.
If someone is welcoming trick-or-treaters at their home, they should make sure the outdoor lights are on and sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o’-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.
A free Red Cross First Aid app is available for download at redcross.org, where information about how to be prepared for emergencies on any day of the year is also available.