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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

FRIDAY, 31 OCTOBER 2014

 

ALL DRESSED UP:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.

CARVING A NICHE:

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.

HOME SAFE HOME:

  • 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 or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters.
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  •  Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

 HEALTHY HALLOWEEN:

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

 

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS  SUNDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 2014 AT 2:00 AM

 

CHANGE THE BATTERIES AND THEN CHECK ALL YOUR SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS!!!!

 

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HURRICANE SEASON 2014

 

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is an event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. The season began on June 1 and will end on November 30; these dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin, though the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time. However, the first storm did not develop until a month after the official start of the season.

 

The following names will be used for named storms that form in the Atlantic, Carribbean & Gulf of Mexico in 2014.

  • Arthur
  • Bertha
  • Cristobal
  • Dolly
  • Edouard
  • Fay
  • Gonzalo
  • Hanna (unused)
  • Isaias (unused)
  • Josephine (unused)
  • Kyle (unused)
  • Laura (unused)
  • Marco (unused)
  • Nana (unused)
  • Omar (unused)
  • Paulette (unused)
  • Rene (unused)
  • Sally (unused)
  • Teddy (unused)
  • Vicky (unused)
  • Wilfred (unused)

 

Hurricane Preparedness Instructions and Checklist

 

Important Information:

 

? Local news and weather station(s) TV & Radio: _________________________________

? Nearest hurricane shelter: __________________________________________________

? Local Police and Fire Dept: _________________________________________________

? Location of electric panel to shut off main breaker: _____________________________

? Location of water shutoff valve in case of evacuation: ____________________________

? Renters Insurance Company telephone # _______________________________________

? Landlord Telephone # to call landlord in case of evacuation: _______________________

Important Supplies:

? flash lights,

? batteries,

? battery powered radio,

? drinking water,

? propane camping stove, fuel

? pre-packaged nonperishable food. (Enough for 3 to 7 days),

? non-electric can opener, cooking tools.

? water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

? fully charged cell phone

? Tool set

? First Aid Kit / Prescription medications / refills /

? Pet food, if you have a pet

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

? Listen to the radio or TV for information.

? Fill your car with gasoline.

? Get cash. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be closed.

? Close all windows and storm shutters.

? Secure all lawn furniture and any other outside items that could become projectiles.

? Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to

its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.

? Turn off propane tanks. Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.

? Moor your boat if time permits.

? Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets.

? Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

 

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

 

? If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

? If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are particularly

hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.

? If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.

? If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.

? If you feel you are in danger.

If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not

have one, follow these guidelines:

? Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.

? Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.

? Keep curtains and blinds closed.

? Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm - winds will pick up

again.

? Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.

? Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

If you must evacuate, follow these guidelines:

? Stay updated on storm advisories

? Map out your evacuation route. Do not get on the road without knowing where you are

going.

? Evacuate early if told you must evacuate.

? Don’t forget to bring your important documents (deed to your home, lease, etc), in

waterproof container and in plastic bags.

? Don’t forget to bring your house keys.

? Have a plan for your pet. Contact your local humane society for advice keeping your pet

safe. Remember, shelters usually do not accommodate pets.

? Notify friends and family of your plan.

? If you have special needs, you should register with a local emergency management

office.

 

 

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