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How to Avoid Being the Victim of Halloween Crime...

Halloween is just around the corner, and before we know it, dozens of young witches, ghosts and super heroes will be hitting the sidewalks in quest of all the free candy they can get. While historically most Halloween safety tips have focused on young trick-or-treaters — things like carrying a flashlight and being careful when crossing the street in the dark — adults who are handing out candy should also be careful. Unfortunately, there are plenty of real-life ghouls and goblins who take can take advantage of the holiday to commit a variety of crimes. To stay as safe as possible this October 31, consider the following tips: Keep an eye on your car Halloween is a popular night...

How to Avoid Being the Victim of Halloween Crime
posted on: Oct 27, 2014 | author: Safety Issues

Candle Safety

On average, one home candle fire was reported every 34 minutes. Candles are dangerous when not used with precautions. The following are some of the most important precautions you should use in using candles. Before lighting a regular candle: Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax. Place the candleholder on a stable, heat-resistant surface. Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping. Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times. And, trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked...

Candle Safety
posted on: Nov 25, 2012 | author: Ronald

Make this Thanksgiving a Memorable One...

That’s not to say you need to go out and buy new furniture and paint the dining room for the occasion, but "A few carefully chosen pieces can make all the difference, and a good place to start is with the table," says Suzanne Wilkins, an expert on residential interior design and space planning, who works both in the private sector and as an instructor at The Art Institute of New York City. Because Thanksgiving is a fall festival, start by putting down a yellow, orange or red tablecloth symbolic of the season, then build from there. Charles Keath Home (CharlesKeath.com) is a great place to turn to for ideas. You can find everything from seasonal place settings...

Make this Thanksgiving a Memorable One
posted on: Nov 11, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Follow these Tips for Safe Thanksgiving Meal Preparation...

There are four basic food safety practices everyone can follow to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Keep hands and all food preparation surfaces clean, don’t cross-contaminate foodborne bacteria from one food to another, cook to proper temperatures and refrigerate perishable foods quickly after eating. These sound simple enough, right? If purchasing a frozen turkey, you can safely defrost it in the refrigerator, allow allowing 24 hours for every 5 pounds. Check to make sure the original bag is not broken, to prevent raw juices from coming in contact with other foods. Also, the turkey can be thawed in cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. Cook immediately. Never defrost on the...

Follow these Tips for Safe Thanksgiving Meal Preparation
posted on: Nov 10, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Protect Your Plastic During The Holiday Season...

Johnny May, author of Johnny May’s Guide to Preventing Identity Theft recommends the following tips to minimize your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft: – Invest in a personal shredder. Shred bank and credit card statements, canceled checks, pre-approved credit card offers and other documents containing personal information. – Minimize the amount of information you carry in your wallet or purse. This can be accomplished by limiting the number of credit cards you carry with you. Also, avoid carrying your social security card. – Call your credit card company if your card has expired and you have not yet received a replacement. – Scrutinize monthly billing statements. Open bills promptly and check your accounts monthly. Look...

Protect Your Plastic During The Holiday Season
posted on: Dec 10, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Safe Halloween Costumes

Whether your child is a pink fairy or Freddy Krueger his costume can endanger her or him. Costumes should be made of flame retardant material. If they are homemade, make sure and use either a fire retardant spray or fabric that has been treated with fire retardant. Work into your child’s costume reflector strips and a flash light or light stick to make him more visible at night. This will assure that he is seen by drivers and that you can keep an eye on him as well. Do not include high heel shoes or long dangling pieces of costume that your child could trip over. If your child is carrying a prop such as a scythe or...

posted on: Oct 24, 2011 | author: Ronald

Prevent Halloween Vandalism

Vandals seem to come out in hordes during Halloween. Here are some safety tips to prevent vandalism. Cars, particularly parked in isolated or not well illuminated areas, are hot targets for teenage vandalism. Protect your cars by locking them in a garage. Take in all children’s bicycles, toys, or sporting equipment that might attract attention. If you do not have a locking garage facility available, then park in your driveway near the house. Take all children’s bicycles and toys into the house for the evening. If you are not in the habit of locking your car, do so on Halloween night. If your car has an alarm system, turn it on. If you own a vehicle with an...

posted on: Oct 24, 2011 | author: Ronald

Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween

Halloween is a bad time of year for cats and dogs. Vicious people use Halloween an excuse to hurt or kill cats with some sick people buying or stealing cats to "sacrifice" them. Keep your cats inside for while they may whine a bit because they are used to going outside, they’ll be safer in the house where you can keep an eye on them. There’s no need for a pet to run free so keep it home where it’s safe all year long. As much as your dog or cat may beg for some of your Halloween candies remember that chocolate is deadly to them in any amount. There’s a chemical that naturally occurs in chocolate that...

posted on: Oct 24, 2011 | author: Ronald

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