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[TIMELY TOPIC] Helpful Halloween Safety Tips for Everyone

[TIMELY TOPIC] Helpful Halloween Safety Tips for Everyone

Regardless of whether you are planning on hanging with your kids and trick-or-treating, partying all night with your best friends, or staying sober this Halloween, safety needs to remain a priority for everyone during the holiday.

Excitement and partying can often get in the way of safety, but the following insightful tips will keep you and your little ghouls out of harm’s way this year.

Visibility is a Must For Kids and Adults

Instead of wearing masks as a part of costumes, consider using face paint or makeup. Be sure to choose non-toxic face wear, as this is a much better option. When choosing costumes, always remember: masks can be a hindrance to vision and breathing for both children and adults.

And if you’re costume just isn’t complete with a mask, try to cut extra large eye and mouth holes for increased visibility and comfort. Also, remind trick-or-treaters to remove their masks when crossing streets at night.

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Do your best to choose costumes that are light in color so that those driving on Halloween night can see children effortlessly. If the costume needs to be dark include something creative to improve their visibility.

For example if a Darth Vader costume is chosen, it definitely has to be all black. Compromise by giving your little Sith Lord a glowing light saber!

Additionally, consider adding reflective tape to costumes to make kids standout to cars. A strip or two of reflective tape on costumes and candy bags really does wonders!

Many people don’t realize that pedestrian fatalities are much higher than normal on Halloween. This is due to congested streets, drunk driving, and poor visibility due to costumes. If your kids are riding bikes or skateboards around on Halloween night, make sure they are equipped with bright headlamps and lights.

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Drunk-Proof Your Costume

Consider any potential ‘drunk hazards’ to your costume if you plan on binge-drinking this Halloween.

Ask yourself: “Are 12” heels or stilts a smart thing to include in a costume if drinking is inevitable?”

Analyze your costume and put yourself in your ‘drunk shoes.’ What potential wardrobe malfunctions could occur? What may trip you up, either literally or figuratively? These are all important questions to ask yourself before heading out to festive parties or bar-hopping for the night.

And as always, make sure to plan ahead and designate a sober driver for safe travels home!

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If the Hat Fits, Wear It

Hats and other accessories that are worn on the top of heads are very common elements to costumes. It’s crucially important to know your hat size to use especially when ordering head wear off the internet.

You want to make sure that hats aren’t an irritating addition to your costume, and that they aren’t something to fumble with all evening long.

Don’t Leave the Jack-O-Lantern Lit

House fires are more common on Halloween than on other nights of the year. Jack-O-Lanterns are fun to make, and radiate a festive glow on porches and sidewalks, but they require attention when lit. Instead of using actual candles and flames, consider flashlights or LED’s instead!

Supervise or Send Trick-Or-Treaters Out in Groups

The term ‘safety in numbers’ is most relevant on Halloween night.

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Instruct trick-or-treaters to always go out in groups of three or more. There is always much more safety when kids celebrate in numbers.Make sure that at least one kid in the group has a cell phone and knows to call immediately if they get lost or of their path.

Create a familiar route with your kiddos, in a logical way that keeps away from busy roads and intersections as much as possible.

If all else fails enjoy trick or treating with your kids, you’ll probably have just as much fun as they do in all reality!

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for numerous reasons. No matter what you’re doing to celebrate keep these safety tips at the forefront of your mind!

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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