Spooktacular Safe Halloween Tips! 277

Follow these simple safety tips to help you take the “tricks” out of your Halloween!

Pumpkin-Carving Precautions

  • Seems obvious but our 1st rule is don’t let children use knives. They can help by assisting to affix the stencil or by drawing their own designs on the pumpkin with a black marker.
  • Remove pumpkin insides safely. You can let your little ones help and get a little messy by scooping out pumpkin flesh with their hands, a wooden spatula or an ice cream scoop.
  • Keep the carving area clean. Pumpkin is pretty slippery stuff, we suggest layering newspaper or an old tablecloth under your carving area and clean up anything that falls on the floor right away so no one slips or trips.
  • Once you are ready to light your Jack-o-lantern- please skip the candles.  A burning candle in a pumpkin can start a fire if left unattended. Instead, use a battery operated light, flame-less candle or a glow stick to safely illuminate your jack-o-lantern.

 Costume Rules for Your Little Ghouls

  • Its a good idea to add reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back of the trick or treat bag and costume if possible. Light-colored costumes are easier to see at night.
  • Also add your phone number and last name to the tag on your children’s costume.
  • Check the label of your costume to be sure it is “flame-retardant.”  If you choose to make your own costume, try to use nylon or polyester materials, which are flame-retardant.
  • Make sure the costume fits well and isn’t too tight or at risk of falling off or too tight. To prevent falls, avoid long pants or gowns and high-heeled shoes.
  • Make sure and wigs, mustaches or beards don’t cover little eyes, noses, or mouths. Masks can also make it hard to breathe, make certain to check fit and make sure child can breathe easily.

Tear-Free Trick-or-Treating

  • First thing is first, start at home.  Make sure visitors will be safe when trick-or-treating at your home. Remove any potential hazards that could cause one to trip or fall on your walkway or lawn. Make sure the path to your doorway is well lit.  Also remember to keep family pets inside and away from the doorway and trick-or-treaters.
  • Young children should be accompanied. Make sure all kids know their home phone number, address and how to call 911 in case they get lost.  If possible have them carry a cellphone.
  • If your child is older and permitted to  trick-or-treat on their own, make sure you know who they will be with, what route they are taking and set a time for them to return home.
  • Give kids flashlights with new batteries or have them wear glow sticks as bracelets or necklaces.
  • Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you know, never go into strangers homes or cars
  • Cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop, walk on sidewalks where possible
  • When candy bags arrive home, check all treats to make sure they’re sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that haven’t been made by someone you know.
  • Hard candy, small pieces and gum could cause choking. Make sure to take inventory of what is in your child’s bag and remove anything that could be harmful.

 

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Annual Charity Car Show, Food and Toy Drive Scheduled for November 10th 24

The Brookhaven Youth Bureau is teaming up with All Suffolk Car Clubs to present their Annual Charity Car Show, Food and Toy Drive on Sunday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This annual event is sure to be fun for the entire family, as club members will be displaying their cars at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville, to raise donations for families in need through the Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE Program.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the Thanksgiving Food Drive and new, unwrapped toys for children to open during the holiday season. Last year’s event raised $2,900 for turkeys and 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food, along with more than $20,000 worth of toys. Admission is free and cash donations are accepted. There will be no judging of the vehicles and trophies will not be rewarded. Free hot dogs and beverages will be served and there will be live music and entertainment throughout the day. The event is rain or shine. For further information, please call Maxine at 516-658-1977 or Steve at 631-224-9517.

INTERFACE is a partnership between individuals, good corporate neighbors and the Town of Brookhaven in a common effort to provide help to Brookhaven’s less fortunate residents. It provides goods and services to those in need and addresses local social issues. There are approximately 150 corporations, not-for-profit agencies and community and fraternal organizations that make up INTERFACE. To learn more about the Town’s INTERFACE Program, visit brookhavenny.gov or call 631-451-8026.

Dress for Success Donates Clothing to Boots on the Ground for Veterans in Need 109

On November 1st, Supervisor Ed Romaine (pictured on the right below) and Sharon Boyd, Executive Director of Dress for Success Brookhaven (pictured on the left below) announced that Dress for Success Brookhaven will donate women’s clothing to “Boots on the Ground,” a not-for-profit humanitarian aid and charitable organization dedicated to empowering veterans and qualified civilians. “Boots on the Ground” provides in-field emergency and primary medical care, and other assistance required to sustain life, facilitate recovery, and to encourage and promote long-term development, stability, and peace in underserved areas of the world. The clothing will be distributed to “Boots on the Ground” on November 7th.

Dress for Success is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the developmental tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Established in 1999 with the support of the Town of Brookhaven, the Division of Women’s Services and more than 50 volunteers, Dress for Success Brookhaven has been instrumental in helping more than 6,000 women achieve their goal of becoming self-sufficient and economically independent. For more information about Dress for Success Brookhaven, visit www.brookhavenny.gov or call 631-451-9127.

More About Dress for Success

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return when she finds work to receive a week’s worth of clothing. Brookhaven was the first affiliate to be established as part of the worldwide non-profit organization. The women we serve come from across Long Island. They are job ready women who have been referred by over 250 local non-profit organizations, including domestic violence agencies, veterans’ organizations, homeless shelters and job training programs.

Their mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Brookhaven is sponsored by the Town of Brookhaven Department of Housing and Human Services, Division of Women’s Services.

The Dress for Success Boutique is located at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All client visits are by appointment only. Donations of clothing and other items can be made on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

 

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