Halloween during a pandemic
To many of you, the pandemic caused by Covid-19 may seem surreal. There may be times where life feels completely normal as you head off to work, school or maybe out to dinner. But, the new normal quickly kicks in as, before you leave the house, you make sure you have an extra face mask, a pair of gloves and a bottle of hand sanitizer.
It can sometimes seem difficult to know exactly how to make the right adjustments in life during this time, adjustments that will keep ourselves and families safe but also allow for enjoyment and satisfaction.
One of the many questions we are facing right now is what to do about the upcoming holidays. With infection rates rising and flu season quickly approaching, it is important to be cautious in any type of activity we may be participating in. This is especially true with the holidays where gatherings can quickly grow in number and are held indoors where social distancing may not be possible.
With Halloween coming up at the end of this week, many of you may feel undecided about how to celebrate and what activities to participate in this year. Talking with residents throughout the valley, there are many families who will be out trick or treating while others are planning on staying home. Make your decision based on what you feel is best for your family.
Although the CDC has discouraged Trick or Treating this year, they are aware that many will continue to participate in this most favored traditions of Halloween. In response, the CDC has composed a few guidelines on how to best keep you and families safe while Trick or Treating and also some tips on how to enjoy Halloween if you choose not to Trick or Treat.
Click on this link for the CDC's website for tips on how to keep Halloween safe.
Can you believe how quickly October has gone? We are in its final week and with it quickly drawing to an end, let us reflect on one more thing about October before it is over. This is National Fire Prevention Month. If you haven't already this month, please take some time during this last week of October to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries, if needed. Also, make sure your fire extinguishers are in good, working condition. Go over your emergency plan with your family; if you do not have an emergency plan, take time to sit down and create one, there are plenty of good ideas online. Remember, you only have 2-3 minutes to evacuate your house during a fire. Make sure you are prepared.