DIY Halloween Party Decorations and Treats Ideas

ID-10038543It’s Halloween, are you ready for a party? Whether you decorate a little or for a haunted house it does not have to cost you a lot if you are creative. Even the food can be a part of the fun decorations.

Go over to our Pinterest Page Halloween Party Decoration and Treats Ideas

Here are some of the pins for creating great food and decor for Halloween:

Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Rice Crispy Treats
Spooky Halloween 7 Layer Dip Recipe
Mini Caramel Apples Recipe
Strawberry Ghosts
Halloween Mummy Jalapeño Poppers

Halloween Table Decorations
DIY Spider Web Ball Jars
Five Easy Halloween Games For Kids
11 Ways to Make Your House Look Haunted
34 Inspiring Halloween Party Ideas for Adults

 

Keep Halloween stress free and safe as you can. Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for safety tips from costumes to trick or treating. Check out Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween :}

 

 

 

 

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Tips To Child Proof Your Home

ID-100194378Bringing home your newborn baby is pure delight. You now have a new member of the family and this delightful bundle of joy will grow everyday. Before you know it, your little one will be crawling and walking with curiosity abound. You want your child safe and baby proofing your home early is key to adjusting to the changes and being prepared.

Here are some tips to get you and your baby ready.

Bathroom Safety

Every day products you use could be poisonous products if ingested by your child. They could be in your bathroom under the sink, or on the counter within reach of curious little hands.. Make sure to install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers and store away products on the counter.

You will really have a reason to tell everyone to keep the toilet lids closed now. A child can lean and fall into a toilet very easily because they are more top heavy and when a toddler is learning to walk they are awkward and fall in. A child can drown in just a couple inches of water, so make sure you attach a latch that will keep the lid closed. Also, this could also save you a bundle on a plumbing bill. Why you ask? Children could also drop items in the toilet that could clog it up. While this may be an inconvenience to you and others in your home the safety of the baby must come first.

Check out how hot your water is. Scalding is very painful and you could save your child from an unnecessary accident by setting your water heater to 120 degrees. Third degree burns can happen to your child within seconds from water set at 140 degrees.

As with every outlet in your home, do not forget the bathroom. Purchase protective plug – ins or safety caps for this purpose in the bathroom too.

Unplug and put away and curling irons, hair dryers, electric hair curlers or anything else they could grab and get a potential burn.

Kitchen Safety

As with every outlet in your home, purchase protective plug – ins or safety caps to protect them from cleaning product to dish soap.Keep your little ones at a safe distance when using the stove. If you have a pot boiling water and pick up your child, they may want to reach out to the steam and they could get burned. Also keep the pot handles turned in and away from reach.

Appliances and cookware should be kept under counters and in drawers with locks on them to prevent and injury. Keep a poison control phone number handy on the refrigerator or if you have a note board. You can also purchase stickers with pictures such as Mr. Yuk which was conceived by Dr. Richard Moriarty to help children learn to avoid ingesting poisons,

In the House Everyday Living Safety

Safety gates are great for keeping kids out of rooms you may want to work in or have set something up they should not get into like a project for an older child in the home, or one of your own. They also protect them at the top and bottom of stairs.Doorknob covers are also good to keep your little on from going into a room you do not want them venturing into or out to the family pool.

Bumper proof your furniture. Coffee table with a squared edge is a good place to start and work your way around the room to see if there is any other place your child could fall into and get injury.Pull your furniture away from high windows so they cannot climb up and fall out. The screen is not strong enough to hold them back.

Window blinds have been linked to deaths in children. In 2009 4-year-old daughter of boxer Mike Tyson died after she either slipped or put her head in the loop of a cord hanging under the console.Consider replacing their older window coverings with the new cordless products.

Make sure your book cases, shelving and heavy furniture attached to walls is secure with brackets and anchors. You child may like to climb and this would be tragic if a bookcase or entertainment center fell over on them.

Toy chests are a great for keeping the toys all in one place, make sure you remove a free falling lid or have a lid that stays open and is very light.

While child proofing your home is a great way to protect them, it is not all you can do. Supervising your child at all times is the best way to prevent any type of injury.

 

 

 

 

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Do You Have the Right Hurricane Coverage for Florida?

2017 was a very busy Hurricane season with 4 Hurricanes being very expensive! Hurricane Harvey (Cat 4) started the ball rolling into Texas Aug. 25, 2017 and leaving extensive damage with Houston and surrounding areas flooded.

On September 10th Hurricane Irma (Cat 4) came into the Florida Keys and ran her course up into Central Florida knocking on our door. About 5.6 million people evacuated, making this storm to cause one of the biggest evacuations ever ordered in the United States.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico with winds of 155 mph (Cat 4) on September 20th, 2017. This hurricane took an estimated 3,975 lives and left the island with massive destruction.

Nate made landfall around 7 p.m. CDT Oct. 7th near the mouth of the Mississippi River as a Category 1 Hurricane, then made its final landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, just after midnight Oct. 8.

All these Hurricanes put the insurance companies in motion for costly catastrophic storms up to $200 billion by early tabulations ( and the most expensive in US history), according to the National Geographic.

We can weather the storms or get out of the way and always be prepared for the unexpected. Have your home owners policy up to date for hurricanes ahead of time. The standard is when the weather service puts up a Hurricane Watch for your area, you cannot make changes or obtain more coverage.

Contact us today to be sure your hurricane coverage is right for you and let us help you get a lower price, ask for a free quote! We have experience with Hurricanes policy’s before the stoprm and claims helping you out after the storm has left. We have been around the block four time with Hurricanes – Charlie, Francis and Jeanne in 2004 and Irma in 2017, all came right to our front door!

Get your questions answered. 863-453-3903 or visit our website budgetbirite.com fill out the form and we will have an agent contact you within 24 hours.

See our other helpful articles for Hurricanes here

 

 

 

 

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Signs Of A Sinkhole on Your Property and Damage Control

Sinkholes are common in Florida, in fact Florida has more sinkholes than any other state. Sinkholes are depressions in the ground, but the ones that appear suddenly, called Collapse Sinkholes, can cause damage to homes, roads, property and to people.

Collapse Sinkholes occur when the water table changes – either too much rain, or not enough rain can cause the ground to cave in on itself. There may be warning signs of sinkhole activity and it is important to keep an eye out for these.

  • Cracks in the floor, walls or pavement – check both inside and outside your home. The cracks may start out small so write down where they are and the measurements. If they continue to grow, it’s time to have your house inspected.
  • Windows or doors not closing properly – you feel that it is harder to close a door or window, which can mean structural shifting.
  • Depressions in your yard or your neighbor’s yard – one easy sign is a hole in the ground that wasn’t there before. Also look for fencing or large items such as playground equipment that has shifted.
  • Sediment in your water
  • A neighbor’s sinkhole activity

Some people fear calling their Homeowners Insurance if they suspect a sinkhole thinking that their rates may go up, but its better to use the knowledge of their inspection services than for a sinkhole to happen suddenly. Most often, if nothing is found, your rate will not be raised.

Inspect regularly for sinkholes and keep track of any signs that you may find. If sinkhole activity is found close to your home, be even more diligent with your inspections.

Get more information about sinkholes. See this article “How Sinkholes Work” by How Stuff Works, Here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Tips – Driving on Flooded Roads in Florida

July and August bring on the rainy season in Florida with many thunderstorms and lots of rain pouring down in a short amount of time. This can cause street flooding quickly. When driving in rain, drive slower than normal and be aware of other drivers who may lose control and slide into your car on slick roads. The day can turn cloudy and dark suddenly, put your lights on to make it easier for other to see you. Driving through water can cause you to get stuck and may ruin your car.

Learn more about what this does to your car and other tips – Driving Through Flooded Streets Causes Unseen Damage to Your Car

Check out this video taken in winter time in Florida when these storms and heavy rain are not so popular!

 

 

 
Flooding Overtakes South Florida Streets

  
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