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John F. O'Hara
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Halloween by the Numbers

October 28, 2015 2:51 am

Ready to embrace spirited, spooky tradition, over 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year – and most will do so by dressing in costume or handing out candy, according to a recent report by the National Retail Federation (NRF).

For costume inspiration, the majority will draw ideas from online sources, especially images on Pinterest. Families celebrating Halloween will spend an average of $27.33 on costumes, per the report, totaling $2.5 billion on store-bought, homemade, large and small costumes. $1.2 billion will be allocated for adult costumes; $950 million will be spent on children’s costumes.

Pets won’t be left out of the festivities, either – 20 million pet owners plan to dress up their pets, and $350 million will be spent on costumes for their furry friends.

Aside from costumes, persons celebrating Halloween will splurge on candy, decorations and greeting cards. The breakdown:

• 93.7 percent of Halloween shoppers will spend a total of $2.1 billion on candy

• 44.8 percent of Halloween shoppers will spend a total of $.19 billion on decorations

• 33.5 percent of Halloween shoppers will spend a total of $330 million on greeting cards

Source: NRF

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3 Ways to Reduce Lead Risk at Home

October 28, 2015 2:51 am

Did you know that in the U.S., lead poisoning is the number one environmental health threat for children under 6 years of age? Though house plumbing and paints are manufactured with little to no lead today, lead can remain an issue in homes built prior to 1978. Because of this, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strongly recommends prioritizing household protection. Steps you can take include:

- Keeping your home clean. Ordinary dust and dirt may contain lead. Children can swallow lead or breathe in lead-contaminated dust if they play in the dust or dirt and then put their fingers or toys in their mouths, or if they eat without washing their hands first. Keep the areas where your children play as dust-free and clean as possible.

In addition, wash pacifiers and bottles after they fall on the floor, and wash toys and stuffed animals regularly. Clean floors, window frames, window sills and other surfaces weekly. Use a mop, sponge or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead. Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty and dusty areas.

- Reducing risk in your home. If your home was built before 1978, paint containing lead could be on window frames, walls, the outside of your home or other surfaces. Tiny pieces of peeling or chipping paint are dangerous if eaten - but lead paint in good condition is not usually a problem, except in places where painted surfaces rub against each other and create dust (e.g., when you open a window, the painted surfaces rub together).

Make sure your child does not chew on anything covered with lead paint, such as painted window sills, cribs or playpens. Do not burn painted wood - it may contain lead.

- Hiring a lead removal specialist. Lead dust from repairs or renovations of older homes can remain long after the work is completed. Hire a person with special training for correcting lead paint problems in your home - someone who knows how to do the work safely and has the proper equipment to clean up thoroughly.

Source: EPA

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