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John F. O'Hara
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5 Tips to for Safe Trick-or-Treating

October 27, 2015 2:51 am

With Halloween just around the corner, costumed children will soon trek through spooky displays in search of sweet treats. But amid the fun of trick-or-treating, parents and supervisors shouldn’t neglect the hidden fire hazards Halloween costumes and decorations present.

“Halloween has become such a festive time of year and we want people to enjoy decorating their homes, wearing colorful costumes and getting in the fall spirit,” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “but this holiday can quickly turn hazardous if proper precautions aren’t taken.”

To help trick-or-treaters stay out of harm’s way this Halloween, Carli and the NFPA advise the following tips.

1. When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long-trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.

2. Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see clearly out of it.

3. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

4. It is safest to use a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. If you choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at all times. Do not leave them near flammable objects or where trick-or-treaters may walk. Remind your children to avoid open flames. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.

5. Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. 

Source: NFPA

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Home Design Leans toward Nature-Inspired Comfort

October 27, 2015 2:51 am

Gone are the days of the Hollywood-inspired home exuding "look, but don't touch elegance.” Design preferences this year lean toward “inviting,” “rustic” and “beachside charm,” according to a recent realtor.com® assessment of its visitors.

"We are seeing a shift in home design trends – leaving behind the glitz and glam for a more natural look, whether that may be a rugged barn with many textures or a serene beach-like feel," says Jennifer Farrell, television host and lifestyle expert. "Today's style reflects today's lifestyle and we've found that having a space for entertaining family and friends all year round is the number one trend."

An “inviting” living space, which is described as a welcoming atmosphere that includes fun barware, plenty of seating and a gather-worthy kitchen that can serve as the life of the party, received 23 percent of the more than 100,000 votes cast by realtor.com® visitors. This was followed closely by “rustic” at 22 percent and “beachside charm” at 21 percent.

Those who prefer a “rustic” look favor natural elements: wood, stone, water and light. This style takes traditionally organic materials from the outside inside for a perfect balance. Also taking on a relaxed and casual feel, the “beachside charm” look is airy and breezy, incorporating terracotta tile, patio umbrellas, sundecks and scattered shells to make homeowners and their visitors kick back and feel like they are miles away from the hustle and bustle of life's daily pressures.

“Regal,” a grand look with fine fabrics and antiques, was selected fourth among realtor.com® visitors, followed by concrete jungle “urban,” eclectic “mid-century modern” and slinky and engaging “earthy.”

Source: realtor.com®

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