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October 2017
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After your little princesses and mini cowboys are all dressed and their trick or treat bags are firmly in hand, it’s time to go over some trick or treat safety tips so you and your children will have an enjoyable and safe Halloween experience. We’ve also added a quick little Trick or Treat checklist so you can make sure your kids will leave the house prepared.

Trick or Treat Checklist

  • Candy Bag
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • Reflector Strips or Glow Stick
  • Trick or Treating Route
  • Return Home/Meet-Up Time
  • Emergency Identification Information Attached
  • Costume Check
  • Bandaids
  • Bottled Water
  • Extra House Key
  • Cell Phone
  • Goody Bag (fill with snack candy so they aren’t tempted to eat the trick-or-treat candy before you’ve inspected it)

 

10 Trick or Treat Safety Tips

  1. Go During Safe Trick Or Treat Times
    You don’t have to wait until it is pitch-black outside to go trick-or-treating. A good trick or treat time is right after an early dinner and just before dusk when you can keep better track of your children and you are able to see the others that you encounter on the street. Besides, if you are the first person there, you will have the best selection of candy!
  2. Steer Clear Of Masks
    While masks are a fun part of many costumes, do your best to recreate the mask with face paint. Having a mask on can sometimes impair the vision of the child wearing it. With face paint, it is easier for your child to see where they are going and they won’t have to lift their mask to have a conversation with a fellow trick or treater. If your child absolutely must wear a Halloween mask, make sure it’s a snug fit, is ventilated and has large enough eyeholes so they can see all around them.
  3. Be Visible
    If your kids will comply, choose costumes that are brightly colored so that they are easier to see in the dark. If they really want a dark costume, apply some reflective strips to their costume. You could also have them wear glow necklaces or carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  4. Never Go Alone
    It is important that your children have an adult chaperon at all times while trick or treating. You should also discreetly add some emergency identification information such as the child’s name, address & phone number to their costume or on a bracelet in case your child happens to get separated from the group.
  5. Walking Tips
    Be sure that your children understand simple traffic rules, such as stopping and looking both ways before crossing the street, and staying in a crosswalk if one is available. If you have to cross at a light, make sure you have the proper “walk” signal before you proceed. Inform your children that they should never assume that they have the right away when crossing the street, especially at night on Halloween.
  6. Knock On Doors That You Know
    Encourage your children to only trick-or-treat at homes where they know the inhabitants. If they know everyone on the street, except for one house, they could ask the neighbors about that one house. If a home is dark or has no Halloween decorations, that is typically a good sign that they are not up for trick-or-treaters.
  7. Don’t Go Inside
    Trick-or-treaters always seem to run across a house or two where someone invites them to “come in”. Remind your little ones that they should never go inside anybody’s home while trick-or-treating. They can easily get the candy they seek from the porch or if the homeowner is persistent, inform them to simply turn and walk away.
  8. Stay On Track
    It might be tempting to take a short cut through an alley or cut through someone’s yard, but that can sometimes pose a danger. Stay on streets and in neighborhoods that are well lit and where there are plenty of people around.
  9. Say No!
    If you’re children are old enough to trick or treat in a group without you, be sure and designate a time for their return. Teach your children that if a stranger offers to give them a ride or take them to a Halloween Party, they should say “no”. Stranger danger is important to remember no matter how old your kids are, even while trick-or-treating.
  10. Taste-Testing Patience
    Make sure your little goblins know that trick or treating is for gathering candy, not eating it as they receive it. You know they’re going to be tempted to take a taste before you’ve had a chance to inspect it, so pack a goody bag with some of your own Halloween candy so they have something to snack on if they just can’t wait until they get home.

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Autumn Home Upkeep
 

Just like spring, the fall comes with its own set of home care suggestions, but rather than deep cleaning, homeowners should be storing, prepping, and organizing for the cooler months.

The Yard

  • Fall is the best time to aerate, reseed and/or fertilize the lawn. Aerating will allow oxygen, water and fertilizer to easily reach the roots while fertilizing provides extra nutrients over the dormant winter months.
  • Don't forget to add spring color by planting tulip, lily, and daffodil bulbs.
  • Trim back tree branches and limbs that may grow close to you or your neighbor's home, as well as power lines.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts and inspect the roof for missing, loose, or cracked shingles.

The Garage

  • Clean and store garden tools, as well as the lawn mower. Empty out unused fuel from gas-powered equipment because sediment can build up and clog the fuel lines.
  • Cover and store outdoor furniture.
  • Test and prepare generators for loss of power due to winter storms.

The Home

  • Check the fireplace and chimney. Most chimney sweeps recommend an annual sweeping, but depending on how often you use the fireplace, you might be able to wait on a full sweep. But if you will be using the fireplace often, call a chimney sweep for an inspection.
  • Stock up on wood; it's recommended to keep firewood at least 30 feet from the house and covered.
  • Replace the air filter in the furnace and clean ducts to ensure the system's efficiency. Call in an HVAC contractor to test the heating output and give the system a tune-up.
  • Caulk windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping.
  • Change the direction of the ceiling fan. Fans should run clockwise in the winter in order to help circulate the warm air.
  • Daylight savings time is the ideal benchmark for changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as inspecting any fire extinguishers. This year we turn the clocks back November 5.
 
 
 
   
 
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