Five Tips to Make Your Halloween Safe
Just because Halloween celebrates scary things doesn’t mean you want any safety scares of your own. With a little bit of planning and these five tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center, you can ensure your ghouls and goblins have a frightfully fun time this year.
- Look up your local trick-or-treating time and rules. (See if yours is listed on the USA.gov Halloween page: http://go.usa.gov/l3m). Then plot out a map of safe neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. Let older children take the map with them if they’re trick-or-treating on their own.
- Stick reflective tape on dark costumes—it will help drivers see you. And make sure your kids can see clearly. Face paint may work better than a mask when it comes to visibility. Read about applying face paint safely in the Federal Citizen Information Center’s FED-INFO Newsletter (http://go.usa.gov/l3p).
- Pick a perfect pumpkin for carving. It should be sturdy, not soft, with a flat bottom so it doesn’t topple over. If you’re worried about carving accidents, encourage your kids to paint creative faces on their pumpkins instead.
- Consider using a glow stick or battery-powered lights instead of candles to light the way for trick-or-treating or in jack-o-lanterns, especially around little kids who could get burned or drapery that could catch fire.
- Screen candy before your kids eat it. Toss out anything with opened or damaged wrappers and homemade treats, unless you know the giver personally.
- Candy Has a Shelf Life
Candy can go bad—especially if it’s made of chocolate. Learn more from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Halloween Food Safety
Party food safety advice from the manager of the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline.
- Halloween Food Safety Tips
Steps to help your children have a safe Halloween, and tips for Halloween parties, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- Halloween Health and Safety Tips
Tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.
- Halloween Safety Tips
Stay safe this Halloween with safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Makeup Safety
Help keep your fun from leaving you with a rash, swollen eyelids, or other grief.
- Stay Safe and Healthy This Halloween
Ideas for safe costumes, healthy treats, safe trick-or-treating, and staying active this Halloween, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Today we ripped this meme of a blogger known as Wayfarer atWayfarer’s Journal. Wayfarer doesn’t explain if he wrote it or stole it. But if he did, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft’s thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!
Cheers to all of us thieves!
1. Have you turned the heat on in your house yet this fall?
Nope. Actually, I think the a/c may still be on. Guess I should check on that…
2. Do you allow your pets on the furniture?
Sometimes, they are the furniture. Actually, Mr. Pitt is my cheapbutt excuse for not buying a new couch.
Nobody would use it anyway…
3. What were your final words for September?
I guess it’s time to drain the pool…
4. What are your first words for October?
I wonder if we could get one more swim in.
5. Do you think you’ve ever seen a ghost?
How do you know I’m not really a ghost? The ghost of Harriet.
6. What is the one color that represents this time of year?
Chocolate as in candy. DUH.
7. Which of your senses do you think is most sensitive this time of year?
Depends if the farmer’s are in the fields.
8. What is your favorite thing to do at the county fair?
Praise the almighty powers for allowing me to have been born and raised in a large city. Amen.
Thank goodness for good dental care as well.
9. What do you like when you have a cold?
OD on Airborne
10. Are you willing to spend over $100 for a piece of winter clothing, like boots or a coat?
Um..like my Ugg’s collection?
12. What do you have too much of in your kitchen?
13. What gripes do you have about this time of year?
I’m not one to gripe, now am I?
I hate when people run their sprinklers still and it’s in the 30’s while I’m running past their house. Seriously, your lawn is about to become dormant for 6 months people.
14. Other than yourself, are you responsible for getting anyone ready in the morning?
Well, it’s not like they can put their own collars and leashes on themselves.
15. When was the last time you cleaned your gutters?
pppfffttt….I’m waiting to replace them actually.
16. So, it’s after Labor Day. Will you still be wearing white?
Wouldn’t you like to know??
I just found out that us crazy American’s are the only ones who believe in that.
17. What shows are you most looking forward to this Fall?
Any show I can watch in peace after November 2nd thank you.
three FOUR things have you just not gotten around to from the summer, but probably should do before snow flies?
Bag up my yard waste
Put the laundry away
Make a margarita…..
and Monday Mayhem