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Trick Or Treating Safety Tips

Halloween is almost upon us, and we know kids and adults alike LOVE this time of year! According to the National Security Council, the month of October ranked No.2 in motor vehicle deaths. There are twice as many kids killed while walking on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to safekids.org

To ensure Halloween fun, we ask all residents to review a few Halloween safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe while Trick Or Treating.

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

  • Typically trick or treating within an apartment community is not a common place to make your door-to-door rounds, however several of our apartment communities host Halloween parties or Trick-or Treating events in the clubhouse every year! Also, visit your city’s Facebook page or website to see if they are hosting a Trunk or Treating event near you!
  • If you decide to go Trick or Treating at a nearby neighborhood, a responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds.  If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you.
  • Popular Trick-or-Treating times are between 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks.
  • Do not trick-or-treat with headphone on so that they are aware of their surroundings at all time.
  • Also walk on sidewalks or paths, and look both directions when crossing the street. Always cross the street at corners.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home.
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.

Costume Safety Tips

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to avoid trips or falls.
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first.
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

  • Turn your headlights on early to ensure you see kids walking and they see you.
  • Always drive slowly through neighborhoods.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at all intersections
  • Avoid talking on the phone and eliminate any distraction that may impair your driving

 

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Hurricane Florence Preparation

As you are aware, Hurricane Florence is gaining strength over the Atlantic. It is currently a Category IV hurricane, with sustained winds in excess of 130 mph. The entire South Carolina-North Carolina Coast will begin to experience tropical storm force winds early on Thursday morning. While we do not know exactly where the eye of the storm will make landfall, hurricane force winds will extend a hundred miles or more in every direction. Do not take this storm lightly, even if you are well inland of the storm. Even if we do not experience gale force winds at this location, you can expect torrential rain, well in excess of 10 inches or more.

It is likely that during the height of the storm, the leasing office will be closed, and we will be unable to provide immediate assistance if needed. Please prepare yourself for this possibility.

Prior to the storm, please take the following precautions:

  • Have a battery-operated radio on hand so you can keep updated on the most current conditions.
  • Clear off your balcony.
  • Place rolled up towels at the bottom of exterior doors and windows to limit wind-born rain intrusion.
  • Purchase enough food and other provisions to last for at least 2-3 days. An ice chest filled with ice is a good idea in the event power is lost for an extended period of time.
  • Especially in ground floor units, remove computers, televisions, and other valuable items off of the floor. In all units, remove these items from the vicinity of exterior doors and windows.
  • Make sure your renters insurance policy is paid and up to date. Take a written inventory of your valuable possessions, and take pictures of them. If you do not have renters insurance, it is unlikely you will be able to purchase it until after the storm passes.

During the storm:

  • Continue to stay updated on current and expected weather conditions.
  • Stay indoors! Even if the rain lets up and you must go outside, exercise extreme caution. Do not wade into deep water as hidden hazards may be present.
  • If power is lost during the storm, make sure all burners on your stove are in the ‘off’ position prior to restoration of service.

After the storm:

  • Use extreme caution while walking outdoors.
  • Wipe up as much water as you can that has seeped in under doors and windows.
  • Notify the office as soon as possible if you have water intrusion in your unit.
  • Notify your insurance carrier in the event you have sustained damage.

We would like to thank all of our residents in advance for their patience as the property staff will begins cleanup as soon as possible after the storm passes.

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Houston Area Residents – Westdale Welcomes You

 

If you received flooding from Hurricane Harvey, we have apartments available.

Westdale is currently waiving application fees, administrative fees and deposits for those affected by flooding. Visit our website to check availability at any of our Greater Houston area apartments.

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Hurricane Preparedness Procedures for Apartment Residents

Hurricane season is now upon us. In case of a storm, please remember the following:

  • The safety of each resident, their family, and guests is the responsibility of the resident. Each resident is responsible for securing their apartment.
  • All items on your balcony, patio or front landing must be removed and secured inside of the apartment.
  •  Do not put tape on any windows. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking or glass from flying.
  • Review your renter’s and automobile insurance policies and make sure that they are up-to-date and coverage is adequate. The Landlord’s insurance does not cover any personal property of the resident.
  • Don’t be a sightseer after the storm. There may be downed power lines that are unseen. Metal fences may be electrified. Downed trees may hide exposed electrical wires. Stay safe!
  • Personnel will be on-site assessing damages to the exterior of the community. If you have experienced damage to the inside of your apartment, please make a list of the damages and bring this list to the leasing office. Repairs will be coordinated through the office and will be made on a priority basis. Security and safety will be at the top of the priority list.
  • If flooding has occurred in your apartment, move your belongings away from the flooded area or up off the floor when possible. Do not turn your circuit breakers back on if there is a possibility of electrocution. Notify the office in writing of the extent of the flooding.
  • Our community has a list of professional contractors that we will be using for any repairs needed after the storm. How quickly the repairs can be made is determined by the severity of the storm, how soon these contractors can arrive and the extent of the repairs needed. Our staff will greatly appreciate your understanding during this time if there are any delays.
  • Stock up on canned goods, pet food, medications, water, can opener, batteries, flashlight, candles, portable radio, first aid kit, etc….It’s better to be prepared beforehand.

Please take proper precautions and contact your property’s management office you have any questions!

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Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze At

Ah, springtime is here! That means the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming… and if you’re like me, your eyes are itchy, your nose is running and you can’t stop yourself from sneezing. If you have allergies, here are some tips to help you get through the Spring Season:

  • Keep windows closed at night.
  • Use your air conditioner and an air purifier to keep the air clean, cool and dry.
  • Roll your windows up when driving.
  • Stay inside on days when the pollen count is the highest. View the daily pollen forecast on pollen.com.
  • Use a paper mask when doing outdoor chores, like gardening or mowing.
  • Don’t hang cloths or bed linens out to dry.
  • Take medicines as prescribed.
  • Vacuum often and wash your clothes frequently.
  • Bathe your pets weekly and keep them off of the furniture and bedding.
  • Keep your head raised on pillows when you lie down.
  • Take a shower at night.
  • Purchase an Essential Oil Diffuser. Oils like lavender, lemon and peppermint is believed to help allergy sufferers.
  • If you have long hair, tie it back at night.

By following a few of these simple tips through the spring months, you can have a happy spring and allergy season!

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