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John F. O'Hara
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What Costumes Will Reign Supreme This Halloween?

October 19, 2015 2:30 am

It seems the Force will be with everyone this Halloween.

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey, “Star Wars”-themed costumes will be most popular among adults, children and pets, along with “Minions”-themed ensembles.

“As we’ve seen for the past several years, Hollywood and pop culture both have a tremendous impact on how adults and their children decide to dress the part each Halloween, and it’s evident some of the biggest newsmakers of the year will be out in full force this fall,” says Matthew Shay, National Retail Federation (NRF) president and CEO.

More than 1.4 million adults and 1.8 million children will don a “Star Wars” get-up this year, according to the survey. Additionally, about one in 10 Halloween celebrants plan to dress their furry friends in costumes, including those of beloved “Star Wars” characters.

“It’s easier than ever for consumers to find creative Halloween costumes given the popularity of Pinterest and Instagram and the immediate access to pop culture trends,” says Pam Goodfellow, principal analyst with Prosper Insights, conductors of the survey. “It’s always a nice surprise to see what tops the list each year and to see just how creative people will get when it comes to what their own and even their pets’ costumes will be.”

Other top costumes for adults include:

- Witch

- Animal

- “Batman” Character

- Zombie

- Pirate

- Vampire

- Action/Super Hero

- Doctor/Nurse

- Slasher Movie Character

- Political

Other top costumes for children include:

- Princess

- “Batman” Character

- Action/Super Hero

- Animal

- “Frozen” Character

- Zombie

- Witch

- Pumpkin

Other top costumes for pets include:

- Pumpkin

- Hot Dog

- “Batman” Character

- Devil

- Bumblebee

- Dog

- Cat

- Shark

- Princess

Source: NRF

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The Dos and Don'ts of Home Fire Safety

October 19, 2015 2:30 am

Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, fire safety and preparedness is of the utmost importance. To protect against fires, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the following dos and don’ts.

DO keep a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Stay safe with smoke alarms outside of every bedroom and each separate sleeping area.

DO address your needs. If you require eyeglasses, a hearing aid, a cane or a wheelchair, ensure they are next to your bed to quickly grab if necessary. If there is a fire, you may have less than three minutes to get out of your home. Be ready to act immediately.

DO make a fire escape plan with at least two ways out of every room. Identify a meeting place in the front of your home to verify that everyone is safe and help firefighters ensure everyone exited safely.

DON’T forget to test your smoke alarm every month. The risk of fatality in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. If your alarm doesn’t sound when tested, it’s time to replace it.

DON’T assume you’ll hear the fire alarm if it sounds. If you test the alarm and can’t hear it, consider getting a strobe light that will flash or a bed shaker that will shake when the smoke alarm sounds.

DON’T stop to call 911 until you’re safely outside and away from danger. Stay outside until the fire department says it’s safe to go back inside.

Source: FEMA

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