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Home Safety: Preventing Halloween Accidents

Trick-or-Treat – that is the question! Halloween is the time where you got to enjoy making people scare to death. I bet, you too secretly want to see their funny faces, especially when they got to be really scared. This is also the time when you got to wear Halloween costumes and have some spooky thrills. Without these activities, Halloween would never be fun. Aside from having a lot of fun, one of the things that we really care about is our safety. What else?

If there is one thing that is scary and frustrating enough for us to experience, it is when we can’t fully enjoy the Halloween party. And when we talk about parties and/or any other Halloween activities, accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. Sometimes, we don’t realize that we are already prone to accidents. However, even if accidents are always there, we definitely can avoid it.

If you think that you are a kind of person who is clumsy in any other ways, then below are some tips for you to avoid accidents, especially when you are having your Halloween party at home. That means we can have fun without getting serious or minor injuries and/or damages.

Tip # 1: Trick-or-treat safety

Trick-or-treat is one of the activities that we, especially kids enjoy a lot. Of course, who would not have fun and be excited when you got to knock at other people’s door and ask them whether they like a trick or a treat?  For you to enjoy it more, you should always be reminded that you should walk, not run around the neighbourhood. Because when you do, you might stumble and injured yourself. And I’ll tell you, you definitely don’t want to continue your Trick-or-Treat.

Tip # 2: Light up the night

One of the important materials that we use when we put up a Halloween party is the candles or luminaries since it adds a spooky glow to your home. However, these things are also a fire hazard. Instead of real candles, you can also go for LED tea lights or wind a string of orange lights around your front porch. With that, it is definitely safe for everybody, and especially for you home. But if candles are really needed, you have to make sure that it is properly secured. Double check if it is ready to use or not and/or do some preliminaries before using it.

Tip # 3:  Clear a path

This is one of the common causes why accidents happen – it is when you don’t clear the path for the people, especially for Trick-or-Treaters. It is definitely blocking the way. If you see some candies and/or any other things that blocked the way, you have to immediately pick it up to avoid serious accidents. Also, it is more appealing to look at when you don’t have any mess on your home – just the Halloween decorations that you need to have.

Tip # 4: Confine pets

If you are having a Halloween party at your home, you have to make sure that your pets are in the safe place. If you tend to let go of you pets, Trick-or-Treaters and/or your neighbours might find it hard to enjoy their party since your dog is too noisy barking at them. And you definitely don’t want to kill the momentum, right? Also, keeping them in a safe place can avoid accidents like dog bites.

Tip # 5:  Practice indoor fire safety

Again, accidents are just there waiting to strike anytime. And if you are hosting a Halloween party, you have to make sure that your home is safely secured from fire. It is a must for you to check your smoke alarms to help make sure they are functional when it’s needed. Also, if you have a fire extinguisher, that would be much better.

5 Flower Arrangement Disasters you Probably Doing

Arranging different flowers into one vase is not just about putting them all together, it is also an art. Agree? Well, you better do because flower arranging is really an art!  Yes, the finished product of arranging is beautiful. However, have you ever wonder how to make it more fascinating to look at? Arranging might seem simple for the people to look at, but it is definitely not!

While other people can definitely pull off the design that they want through flower arrangements, there are also some of you here are interested to know and learn about flower arrangements. Well, it is a skill which you can definitely learn just be looking at some people who are used to this kind of art.

Well, if you are one of those people who are into flowers and want to take it to the next level, then here are some tips for you to apply in order for you to have the desired flower arrangements. Of course, it is simple and doable enough for you to apply.

1. Using too many kinds of flowers

There will be hundreds to thousands of flowers that you can choose from; however, it doesn’t mean that all of the flowers that you want to have is allowed to be included in one arrangement. You have to remember that there will definitely be some limitations on to how many flowers in one arrangement. Also, you have to make sure that the flowers that you include complementing each other.

2. Overly mix-and-matching

We all know that each of them has their own unique features. They differ in color, shape, texture, and other visible features. If you want to focus on one particular arrangement, you have to make sure that the flowers that you choose compliments with the other flowers. If you want to have a red rose and wanted to include other flowers in one arrangement, then you have to have a flower that also have a red accent on it.

3. Loosely arranging blooms

When making a flower arrangement, you have to remember to do the “cluster”. If you know how to pull off a few elements together in clusters of three, then it will definitely lovely to look at. Moreover, try positioning the cluster at the edge of your vase for added wow factor. Surely, it will naturally draw your eye and attention.

4. Cutting the stems straight

If you are planning to cut the stems of the flowers straight, then don’t! Cutting it straight would not be stylish and nice to look at. Well, if you want to achieve your desired flower arrangements, then you have to cut the stem on a bias. You can play with it by giving your stems and angle cut creates a ‘straw-like’ hydration system and ensures no bacteria that can grow on the bottom of your vase.

5. Not changing the water enough

One of the most important things for you to remember is having the right amount of water in your vase. You have to make sure that the water that you use is clean enough for your flower. Of course, if you use old and dirty water, there are possibilities that you flower will wilt immediately since there are bacteria that are already growing in the water.

If you are willing and serious in learning how to do the flower arrangements, then it is easy for you to learn it when you already know the basics of it. Well, all you have to do is ask some questions on how to do it, and/or do some experimentation on your own on how you can pull a beautiful flower arrangement. As I’ve said, it’s an art!