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John F. O'Hara
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8 Tips for a Spooky—but Safe—Halloween

October 30, 2015 12:51 am

Each Halloween, safety should be a top priority for parents of trick-or-treaters. “Parents should educate kids on the true phantoms of the night while trick-or-treating," says Dr. Steven Frick, spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). “They aren't ghosts and goblins. Instead, they'll need to watch out for aggressive neighborhood dogs, vehicles on the road, poorly lit houses and uneven terrain and be prepared for what to do during these situations."

Specifically, the AAOS suggests the following:

• Walk on sidewalks and never cut across yards or driveways. Obey all traffic signals and remain in designated crosswalks when crossing the street.

• Costumes should be flame-resistant and fit properly. The child's vision should be unobstructed by masks, face paint or hats. Costumes that are too long may cause kids to trip and fall, so trim or hem them as necessary.

• Bright-colored costumes make it easier for children to be seen at dusk or in the dark. Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags to provide additional visibility.

• Wear sturdy, comfortable, slip-resistant shoes to avoid falls.

• Trick-or-treaters should only approach houses that are well-lit.

• Both children and parents should carry flashlights to see and be seen. Do not point your flashlight above chest level to avoid obstructing the vision of other trick-or-treaters.

• Be aware of neighborhood dogs when trick-or-treating, and remember that pets can impose a threat when you approach their homes.

• Carry a cell phone while trick-or-treating in case of an emergency.

Source: AAOS

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Design Book: Go Mod with Metal, Geometric Shapes

October 30, 2015 12:51 am

(BPT)—Once limited to simplistic, clean lines and cool color schemes, modern interior design has evolved to include sleek, minimalistic looks with gentle, warm, organic elements. With the right accents, this “approachable” take on modern design can be effortlessly incorporated into any home.

Not sure if modern design is right for you? Test the waters with these ideas, curated by the experts at Delta (www.deltafaucet.com).

Let There be Light

The right lighting is critical when creating a space that channels modern design. Remember quality of light and placement are key. If you wish to highlight certain room features, spot lighting can be incorporated, whereas skylights work well for added natural light.

Bring on the Bling

Metal accents often serve as the focal point of modern design. Start with the basics: hardware, faucets and fixtures. If you gravitate toward warm finishes like bronze tones, choose accents with clean, minimalistic silhouettes. If you prefer finishes with cool blue undertones, like chrome and stainless, look for hardware with organic shapes inspired by nature.

Color Your World

Use a neutral, like grey, white or beige, as the primary color in your home to enhance a contemporary feel. To elevate your home's color palette, incorporate organic materials such as wood or slate in dark, rich tones.

Create Harmony

To maintain a modern feel, complementariness is the key with accessories. Look for a few small items that work within organic schemes. For instance, geometric-shaped mirrors work well across from windows to enhance natural light, and a touch of greenery can come to life in a minimal, white pot.

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