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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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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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Eat Smart and Save Big

A healthy diet can help you feel better, look better, and stay healthy. But the healthier the food, the more expensive it is, right? Not necessarily! With a little creativity, you can put a tasty meal on the table without hurting your wallet or your health.

In honor of National Nutrition Month in March, keep these healthy, low-cost items on hand that are easy to cook:

  • Black beans, pinto beans, and garbanzo beans ($0.30 per serving)
  • Canned tuna and salmon ($0.75 per serving)
  • Apples, bananas, oranges, and cantaloupe ($0.50 per serving)
  • Kale, broccoli, spinach, carrots, and sweet potatoes ($0.50 per serving)
  • Brown rice and oats ($0.18 per serving)
  • Low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese ($0.88 per serving)
  • Eggs ($0.40 per serving)
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Outdoor Safety in Cold Weather

Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?

Working in a cold environment can involve several adverse effects on human performance and health. Residents suffering from exposure to the cold can experience thermal discomfort, increased strain, decreased performance and cold-related illnesses and injuries. It is important to remember that if you are outdoors when shoveling snow, may not seem as another household chore, but an intense physical workout, especially if the snow is wet and heavy. However, injuries and emergency room visits can be easily prevented if residents use smart snow shoveling techniques:

  • Be prepared to shovel snow – Avoid using caffeine or smoking before going outside to shovel snow, as stimulants can cause blood vessels to contract and pulse to increase. Employees should
    also dress inlayers and drink plenty of water before shoveling snow.
  • Stretch and warm up before shoveling snow – Stretch out back, arm, and leg muscles before clearing snow from driveways and sidewalks. March in place for a little while or do some kind of
    warm up exercise before starting to shovel snow; this helps muscles get loose and decreases the risk of injury.
  • Proper posture – When shoveling snow, it is important to stand with feet shoulder width apart and facing the direction in which you are shoveling. Lift and bend at the knees and if you are in pain, stop shoveling immediately. Don’t twist at the waist or try to bend when moving snow. Instead, move and turn towards the place where the snow is supposed to go, and drop it there.
  • Shovel in small sections – Instead of trying to lift multiple inches of snow in one shovel scoop, shovel snow in layers to prevent overloading the shovel. By shoveling less snow more often, the risk of injury decreases.

Prevent cold-related illness & injuries

Hypothermia and frostbite can be two of the serious consequences of working outdoors in winter weather.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a dangerous lowering of the body’s temperature by exposure to cold or wet conditions. Actually, the air temperature doesn’t have to be particularly low to cause hypothermia – just getting wet and chilled can do the same thing. Hypothermia can be fatal. Here are some of the symptoms to watch out for:

  • Chills and shivering
  • Inability to think straight or speak coherently
  • Irrational behavior
  • Poor coordination
  • Loss of consciousness

These are some of the ways to prevent hypothermia:

  • Dress warmly. Wear a hat, waterproof boots and gloves. Dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing as the temperature changes or you get warmed up.
  • Keep your clothing dry. Put on waterproof gear before you get wet. Carry replacement clothing, such as socks, in case your clothing does get wet or sweaty.
  • Eat regular meals with enough carbohydrates and fats so that your body can keep producing the heat you need.
  • Stay away from alcoholic beverages.
  • Stay active in the cold, and take any rest periods in a warm dry place.
  • If you start developing signs of hypothermia, get to shelter promptly. In serious cases, call for medical help right away.

Frostbite

Another cold-weather danger is frostbite. It is an injury which occurs when the body tissue freezes. The fingers, toes, face and ears are the most likely to be damaged.

Frostbite makes the skin numb, giving it a white and waxy appearance. If skin becomes frostbitten, it is better to have it thawed at a hospital. However, if medical help is far away, warm the frostbitten area gradually with body heat or tepid water. Do not use hot water or direct heat. Do not rub the affected area with your hands or with snow, because you will cause worse damage. Do not thaw the tissue if there is a chance it will be refrozen before you reach safety.

Here are some ways to prevent frostbite:

  • Keep all of the extremities covered. In severely cold or windy weather or when riding on an open vehicle, wear a ski-type mask to cover the cheeks.
  • Carry spare mittens, liners and socks in case yours become wet.
  • Make sure that gloves and footwear do not fit so tightly that they can cut off circulation.
  • Check yourself for frostbite by making sure you can move your fingers and toes and that you still have feeling in your face.
  • Don’t work alone – you and your companion should keep an eye on one another for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.

One Last Cool Tip: Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold weather conditions and/or injuries. By preparing in advance and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems and injuries.

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