Halloween Safety Tips

community-side-walk photoOctober is a wonderful time of year here in Arizona.  With the advent of cooler weather, more time can be spent comfortably outside, enjoying our gorgeous environs.  Kids, especially, enjoy the October because of the holiday that finishes out the month.  To that end, here are some safety tips for Halloween from the American Academy of Pediatrics that you may find useful.

Home Safety 

  • 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.

Pumpkin Carving

  • 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.

Costume Safety

  • 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.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost/

Trick or Treating Safety

  • 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.

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One Priority Team Newsletter – Oct 2016

In our October issue, you can learn how to quickly and dramatically update the interior of you home and make a huge impact in a relatively inexpensive way. Plus! The weather is cooling off my friends, take your workout outdoors!
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How to Be a Good Neighbor

Whether you are selling your house or buying a new house, or even just settling into your newly-purchased house, you likely don’t live in the middle of nowhere.  Most of us have neighbors.  Love them or hate them, they are part of what it means to live in a neighborhood or community.  Are you a good neighbor?  And what does that really mean?  Here’s some food for thought . . . 

condo photoDo you keep your home and yards maintained?  Think about it . . . the exterior of your home is what your neighbor sees on a daily basis.  What annoys you about your least favorite neighbors’ homes?  Do those issues exist on your own?  In other words, is your yard well-kept and maintained?  Are your trees trimmed, or do they overhang the sidewalk or the fence surrounding your backyard?  Are the leaves swept off your front patio and driveway?  Is the garbage that’s blown into your yard from trash pickup day thrown back into the trash cans?  And, is the condition of the exterior of your home good?  Have you kept up on repairs?   While it may be hard to look at your home and yards objectively because you see it each and every day, taking a few minutes to look at it from your neighbors’ perspective may make all the difference.

Another way to be a good neighbor is to monitor how your noise affects their lifestyle.  Noise complaints are typically a big issue amongst neighbors.  For example, if you have a dog who barks at anything and everything, does the dog barking disrupt your neighbors’ mornings or their ability to work from home?  Forestall potential issues with your neighbors by being proactive and deal with your pet’s noise.  Another way to be proactive when it comes to noise is to give your neighbors a heads up if you’re going to have a party in the evening, for example.  A little common courtesy will go a long way with the new parents next door who may be trying to get their little one to sleep.  And if you’re the one dealing with excessive noise?  Instead of leaving a note on your neighbor’s door, try talking to them face to face.  They may not even realize they’re that noisy and may appreciate your polite request to keep the noise down.

Browse HERE to learn about NE valley homes and neighborhoods.

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One Priority Team Homeowner Issue – Sep 2016

Read about the latest kitchen sink trends and how to stay active and entertained as summer is winding down in the valley.

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Metro Phoenix Economic Snapshot – August 2016

Where is our economy headed and how it this going to affect the real estate market in the Valley? Read about it here in our August 2016 edition.

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Adrenaline Rushes in the Valley of the Sun

hot air balloon photoAs we are immersed in the triple-digit days of summer, many residents here in the Valley of the Sun start looking for exciting ways to stave off boredom.  Here are a few places to consider paying a visit, to help you beat the heat AND help you achieve that oh-so-cool adrenaline rush:

  1. Located in Scottsdale just west of the 101 freeway, Octane Raceway features a 1/3 mile indoor/outdoor track where you can race one of 32 electric Sodi RTX racing karts from Europe.  These karts have 10,000 RPM for maximum torque and a top speed of 45 MPH. Minimum height requirements are 54 inches, so even those under the age of 16 can join in the high octane fun!
  2. Another go kart option can be found at K1 Speed, centrally located near the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  The 20HP electric carts reach speeds up to 45 mph and racers will enjoy the large track.  Junior racers must be at least 48 inches tall.
  3. For a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience some REAL speed, check out the Bondurant High Performance Racing School.   Located in Chandler, AZ, Bondurant features a 1.6-mile, 15 turn multi-configuration race track on a 60-acre facility, designed by world champion driver Bob Bondurant.  Known as “The Fastest 60 Acres in America”, Bondurant also has access to the 3 racing tracks at Firebird International Raceway.  Drivers have access to over 200 cars equipped for racing on the tracks, and will receive full instruction and safety training before beginning one of multiple programs and passes available.  Bondurant also has a SuperKart Track for go karts, perfect for group outings, corporate kart leagues, for anyone at any skill level.
  4. Located in Eloy, is SkyDive Arizona, which is one of the largest sky diving facilities in the world.  You can try tandem jumping, attend ground school to learn how to skydive solo, or for those who aren’t quite as daring, enjoy indoor skydiving in the vertical wind tunnel, where every minute in the tunnel is equal to a minute of free-fall skydiving time.

Be sure to check out www.groupon.com and www.livingsocial.com for coupons and deals for the above attractions.

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Arizona Homeowner July 2016

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Arizona Homeowner June 2016

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Happy New Year!  Read about how to painlessly declutter,  where to hike in North Scottsdale and get OHSO’s famous Blue Crab Dip in our January 2016 issue!