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Trick or Treat Safety Tips

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Trick or Treat Safety Tips

It’s that time of year again, time for the little ones to get dressed up as their favorite character and travel from house to house to get lots of candy. Many cities around the country are starting to ban kids older than 12 from trick or treating in the hopes of cutting down on vandalism and general hooliganism on Halloween.

Reader’s Digest has a great article with 10 tips to keep your kids safe during the Halloween holiday!

 

– Plan your route ahead of time. Save yourself frustration and cranky kids by mapping out where you will go trick or treating. These days, many churches and businesses hold “trunk or treat” events where kids can safely visit dozens of candy providers in a single parking lot. Keep in mind that these kinds of events can get very busy, so go early if you can…

– Use the buddy system. Many kids don’t want adults tagging along as they venture from house to house. RD recommends parents accompany kids under the age of 12 and NEVER leave a child alone.

– Stay on the sidewalk. Practicing simple safety like staying on sidewalks and using crosswalks when crossing the street. This will also prevent encountering obstacles in unfamiliar lawns that kids could trip over and it’s a sign of respect to not trample lawns.

– Wear comfortable shoes. Girls (and guys) should avoid wearing heels, all laces should be double-tied to prevent tripping.

– Stay well lit. Adding reflective tape, using glow sticks & flashlights, anything to help your child remain visible in the dark is important to their safety.

Be sure to check out the full Reader’s Digest article for many more tips on helping your little ghouls and goblins be safe this Halloween!

 

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Pumpkin Carving Tips

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Pumpkin Carving Tips

Yes, Halloween is right around the corner! And people are preparing to carve up some hauntingly good pumpkin creations to share on their social media. This article from Good Housekeeping shares some great tips on making your pumpkin carving experience safe and enjoyable!

  • The right pumpkin is important. Find a fresh one with a flat bottom & sturdy stem.
  • Cut the lid on an angle to prevent it from sliding inside the pumpkin.
  • Scrape all the innards out of the pumpkin & thin the walls to 1 1/4″ thick for easier carving.
  • Hold the pumpkin in your lap as carving faces/shapes are easier when you are looking down at the pumpkin.
  • Use scraps creatively by making accessories or facial features from them and attaching them to your pumpkin.

 

Be sure to check out the full article at Good Housekeeping for more great tips!

 

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Autumn Pet Safety Tips

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Autumn Pet Safety Tips

Something many of us don’t think about when it comes to autumn and that is making sure our pets are safe! There are things to consider in order to make sure your pet is safe when venturing out on those cool fall days and the ASPCA has a great article with some tips to help!

– Cold weather poisons. Many people spread rodenticides and other toxic poisons to keep animals from making themselves at home inside their own homes. These poisons are obviously toxic to animals and of course can cause death. Keep your pets away from areas where poison has been applied and if at all possible, spread the poison in areas that are inaccessible to your pet.

– School supplies. With school in full swing, I am sure many homes have an abundance of school supplies laying around. While many of the items are non-toxic or low-toxic to humans/pets, smaller items can get lodged in your pet’s throat or intestines that could cause some serious issues. Keep your school supplies out of reach.

– Wild mushrooms. Fall and spring are excellent times for mushrooms to grow. With the wetter weather and available growing material, they can be found in yards and on trails. While 99% of mushrooms are non-toxic/low-toxic, there is that 1% that can be fatal. Keep an eye out while walking your pet or check your yard for mushrooms and make sure that your pet does not get access to them. The article has a link to their poisonous plants guide that is very informative…

– Wild animals. Fall is the time of year when many animals are preparing for winter hibernation. Snakes are especially active at this time as they look for a place to bed down for the winter. Pet owners should be aware of the type of wildlife they may encounter in their own backyard in order to protect their pets from injury.

Be sure to check out the full article from the ASPCA as well as that poisonous plants guide in the article.

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Fall Lawn Care Tips

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Fall Lawn Care Tips

Fall is here, leaves are starting to float off the trees & the nights are certainly getting colder. Your lawn shouldn’t be neglected when preparing for winter, this article from Popular Mechanics has great tips on preparing your lawn for the coming winter months.

– Keep on mowing & watering your grass. Drop the blade to the lowest setting for the last 2 cuttings of the year, allowing sunlight to hit the crown of the grass.

– Aerate your lawn to allow water/fertilizer/nutrients to be better absorbed into the ground. You can rent aerators by the day, check your local tool rental facility.

– Rake the leaves as they fall, don’t wait until they are all down. Waiting for all the leaves to fall will create a blanket that will be difficult to rake up and may kill parts of your lawn due to no access to air/sunlight.

– Fill in the bald spots with lawn repair kits from your local home & garden store.

 

Be sure to read the article from Popular Mechanics for more tips on preparing your lawn for winter!

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