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  • Driving In The Dark on Halloween

    A majority of motor vehicle accidents happen after dark, even though we drive less at night than in the daytime. That being said think about Halloween evening when kids are running rampant. We'd like to share with you some safe driving tips but also protect yourself & family from drivers by ordering some glowsticks, flashlights, and reflective safety vests before Halloween.

    The long evenings can put us at greater risk for fatal crashes this Autumn, as many of us commute both to and from work in the dark. In addition, our after-work errands, sports, and other activities put us out in the traffic in the dark.

    Here are Some Tips to Protect You and Your Family In the Dark:
    • Head to work early so you don't have to speed. Besides the darkness, there may be the problem of frost to remove from the windshield.
    • Check your driving lights and signal lights regularly to make sure they are working and clear of obstructions.
    • Turn your headlights on as soon as the light begins to get dim.
    • Use your low beams when you are following another vehicle or when a vehicle approaches from the opposite direction. When you blind the other driver with your high beams, you are endangering yourself.
    • Look beyond your own headlights. Use streetlights and the lights of vehicles in front of you to get an idea of what is happening down the road.
    • Leave an extra space around your vehicle at night, to allow more reaction time for yourself and other drivers.
    • Pay attention to warnings of animal crossings. Animals are most likely to be active around roads in the early morning and early evening.
    • Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on the road. Statistics suggest that one out of 13 drivers is drunk in the early morning hours, so give others plenty of space to maneuver.
    • During a car problem where you have to pull over on the road, pull as far off the road as you can. Warn other drivers with your four-way flashers, headlights, interior lights and flares if you have them.

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    munchHalloween Haunts and Ghoulish Good Times are coming up for kids of all ages... Halloween will mean a whole weekend of fun this year, so keep it safe and enjoy it all.

    Remember to eat well, stay warm, light the way, and be mindful of Halloween dangers from fire to traffic, and more.

    These articles will provide a variety of timely ideas for spooky safety and fun:

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  • Halloween Safety Review

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    Are you ready to enjoy a safe Halloween? Take a moment to remember some basic Halloween risks and the easy precautions to take in order to avoid injury and danger.

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  • Halloween History, Safety, Wisdom

    Origin of Halloween: The Celtic observation of Samhain was held on November 1stCelts-at-SamhainThe Celts believed that on October 31, the boundary separating the dead from the living became blurred.

    The villagers would leave food and trinkets out for the spirits to consume – they hoped this would please them.

    If the spirits approved of the gifts and trinkets you would have good fortune.  If they did not like it, they would curse the winter.

    Many confuse this with The Day of the Dead and All Hallows Eve, which are different.

    Now it is celebrated internationally as a time of fun and treats for children and an opportunity for adults to play dress-up and act like children. The excitement of children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. Simple common sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening.

    It is also the unofficial kick-off for the Holiday spending season. Halloween is used by retailers to measure the need for seasonal staff.

    Most children’s costumes are made of rayon.  Rayon is extremely flammable!!! Most of the cheap costumes are basically made of lighter fluid – or more like napalm once they light afire.

    Look for costumes that are flame resistant or made from woven or natural fibers. See unique and inexpensive Halloween Costume Ideas

    When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives," "Laboratory Tested," Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic.“ Always follow manufacturer's instruction for application.

    • Choose bright colors or add reflective tape.
    • Make sure the costume’s not a tripping hazard.
    • If your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, ensure that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
    • If it’s cold outside, wear warm clothes under the costume and consider pocket warmers.

    Don’t wear the cheap cardboard shoes that come with many costumes and don’t let your child wear your shoes – these are both major tripping hazards.

    If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.

    You-Dont-Know-JackSpeaking of Jack-o-Lanterns… use artificial means to light pumpkins. There are inexpensive  votive lights that looks like a flickering candle flame, or since you’ll probably be picking up cyalume glows sticks or LED glow sticks for safety, why not drop one of these inside Jack? They are long-lasting, cheap and fun – some even having blinking mode!

    Did you know that carving a Jack-o-Lantern is dangerous? Duh. Yes, pumpkin carving is fun. But it can turn Halloween into a nightmare, too.

    At Halloween time, injuries to the hand and fingers from carving pumpkins can occur. The most common accidents associated with pumpkin carving are stab wounds to the fingers and palm. Tendon and nerve lacerations that can result require surgical treatment and can lead to permanent impairment.

    So how can you avoid a Halloween butchering?

    • Use the right tools. Consumer Reports tested pumpkin-carving kits a few years ago and observed that one advantage of the specialty tools—readily found online and in convenience stores—was that they can saw through rinds, poke holes, and scoop out innards without being razor-sharp. The instruments were also generally small, which made them easier to control than knives and easier to use when making intricate cuts.
    • Carve before taking off the top of the pumpkin. That way you won’t be tempted to put your hand inside and cut toward your hand. Try stabilizing the pumpkin by holding the top and pointing the blade down.
    • Take precautions. That means carving in a clean, dry, and well-lit area, keeping your hands and tools clean and dry, and taking your time.
    • Don’t let kids carve. The Pediatrics study found that most Halloween accidents happen to kids ages 10 to 14. So don’t let children 14 and younger do the actual carving. Instead, have them draw the pattern with a marker and clean out the pulp and seeds with their hands or a spoon—but make sure an adult does the actual cutting. It’s important to supervise older teens, too. Adolescents often become patients because parents feel they’re responsible enough to be left on their own. So have them use pumpkin-carving kits or, if you think they are responsible enough to use knives, make sure they use short-handled ones, and that the knives are kept clean and dry.

    HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR TRICK OR TREATING

    Going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and worry, so following these easy safety tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.

    While many parents think early Trick or Treating is safer, Dusk is actually a bad time for trick or treating.  The combination of setting sun glare, no streetlights, and non-contrasting sky makes dusk dangerous for trick or treaters.

    Glow-stickAt night the streetlights and headlights will be on. Here’s another reminder for chemical glows sticks or LED light sticks  for safety.

    Poisoned candy and razor blades in candy apples are largely an urban myth.  The have actually been no reported cases of mass Halloween candy sabotage  – but, candy is often UNINTENTIONALLY tainted.  Candy can be spoiled, rotten, or have been exposed to other contaminants.

    There may also be cross-contamination of the candies leading to food allergies. Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them.

    Many hospitals will x-ray candy on October 31st for free and all police officers will be more than happy to perform candy and costume safety checks.

    • Be careful when crossing streets.
    • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
    • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
    • Walk, do not run, from house to house.
    • Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
    • Small children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween. Make sure an older sibling or adult is with them.
    • Children should go out during daylight hours only unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
    • Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves.
    • Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields. Make sure they know to stay in populated places and don't go off the beaten track.
    • Stay in well lighted areas.
    • Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood unless they are accompanied by an adult.
    • Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
    • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
    • Ensure that your children stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treating without an adult.

    HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR ADULTS

    • Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem like fun but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, clean up and damages can ruin Halloween.
    • Explain to your kids that animal cruelty is not acceptable. Kids may know this on their own  but peer pressure can be a bad thing. Make sure that they know that harming animals is not only morally wrong  but punishable by law and will not be tolerated.

    HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR PARTIES

    • Having a Halloween party, either one for adult or for children, is definitely great fun! In order to have things run smoothly and with no accidents…follow these tips….
    • If using dry ice in a punch bowl, make sure that the person serving keeps any dry ice chips out of drinks! It can cause severe injury if ingested.
    • If you are holding your party in your house, make sure that you move any breakable pieces of furniture or knick-knacks to another room where they can't get broken. A forgotten heirloom vase that hits the floor could ruin the night for you.

    HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR HOME SAFETY

    • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
    • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
    • Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
    • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

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    Happy Halloween!!!

  • Halloween Bake-Off

    We had our Halloween Bake off Today!

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  • Halloween is CREEPING up! Are you ready for a Safe Halloween?

    We've touched on Halloween Safety, Safe Costumes, and even Zombie CPR & Bats! ...Are You Ready? Have a Happy - and Safe - Halloween!

    October 31 is just a few days away! Read these Consumer Updates to learn more about celebrating Halloween in a way that is totally fun and doesn't endanger the health of you or your children.

    EyeballDecorative Contact Lenses: Is Your Vision Worth It?

    These lenses can change the appearance of your eyes to match your costume. But they can also seriously damage your eyes.

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    'Lucky 13' Tips for a Safe Halloween

    Follow these guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to look out for when choosing costume and makeup, and accepting sweets:

    HalloweenWhether you’re goblin or ghoul, vampire or witch, poor costume choices—including decorative contact lenses and flammable costumes—and face paint allergies can haunt you long after Halloween if they cause injury.

    Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by following the “lucky 13” guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

    1. Wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials; look for “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
    2. Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.
    3. Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
    4. Test the makeup you plan to use by putting a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it a couple of days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that's a sign of a possible allergy.
    5. Check FDA’s list of color additives to see if makeup additives are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use it.
    6. Don’t wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional and gotten a proper lens fitting and instructions for using the lenses.

    Safe Treats

    Eating sweet treats is also a big part of the fun on Halloween. If you’re trick-or-treating, health and safety experts say you should remember these tips:

    1. Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
    2. Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
    3. Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
    4. Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
    5. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

    For partygoers and party throwers, FDA recommends the following tips for two seasonal favorites:

    1. Look for the warning label to avoid juice that hasn’t been pasteurized or otherwise processed, especially packaged juice products that may have been made on site. When in doubt, ask! Always ask if you are unsure if a juice product is pasteurized or not. Normally, the juice found in your grocer’s frozen food case, refrigerated section, or on the shelf in boxes, bottles, or cans is pasteurized.
    2. Before bobbing for apples—a favorite Halloween game—reduce the amount of bacteria that might be on apples by thoroughly rinsing them under cool running water. As an added precaution, use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.

    Black Licorice: Trick or Treat?

    When it comes to black licorice, FDA encourages moderation. Too much at one time could cause an irregular heart rhythm.

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  • Halloween, Bats & Rabies

    Pictured here is a group of bats. Because bats are mammals, they can develop rabies, but most do not have the disease. Dogs are the animals responsible for most human rabies cases and deaths worldwide. Pictured here is a group of bats.
    Because bats are mammals, they can develop rabies, but
    most do not have the disease. Dogs are the animals
    responsible for most human rabies cases and deaths
    worldwide.

    While we all have Halloween on the mind, we think a lot about bats.. bats aren't just creepy images of Halloween Spookiness, the are real creatures, prevalent throughout the US, and generally very safe creatures... they aren't going to come such out your blood or swoop down on you and turn into life draining vampires, but along with other Halloween Safety Tips, you should consider that both Bats and Trick-or-Treaters are out at night, and bats do spread rabies.

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    Rabid bats have been documented in all 49 continental states. Hawaii is rabies-free. Bats are increasingly implicated as important wildlife reservoirs for variants of rabies virus transmitted to humans.Recent data suggest that transmission of rabies virus can occur from minor, seemingly unimportant, or unrecognized bites from bats. Human and domestic animal contact with bats should be minimized, and bats should never be handled by untrained and unvaccinated persons or be kept as pets.

    In all instances of potential human exposures involving bats, the bat in question should be safely collected, if possible, and submitted for rabies diagnosis. Rabies postexposure prophylaxis is recommended for all persons with bite, scratch, or mucous membrane exposure to a bat, unless the bat is available for testing and is negative for evidence of rabies.

    Postexposure prophylaxis should be considered when direct contact between a human and a bat has occurred, unless the exposed person can be certain a bite, scratch, or mucous membrane exposure did not occur.

    In instances in which a bat is found indoors and there is no history of bat-human contact, the likely effectiveness of postexposure prophylaxis must be balanced against the low risk such exposures appear to present. Postexposure prophylaxis can be considered for persons who were in the same room as a bat and who might be unaware that a bite or direct contact had occurred (e.g., a sleeping person awakens to find a bat in the room or an adult witnesses a bat in the room with a previously unattended child, mentally disabled person, or intoxicated person) and rabies cannot be ruled out by testing the bat. Postexposure prophylaxis would not be warranted for other household members.

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