Halloween Safety Tips

Preparing the family for Halloween

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SStay safe and make sure the costume is flame resistant and fits properly.

PPrepare for the night with glow sticks or flashlights so they can be seen.

OOpt out of eating unwrapped candy, since you don’t know what is safe.

ooOnly go trick or treating in groups or with an adult.

KKeep off of yards and stick to sidewalks and driveways for visibility.

YYell if a stranger approaches that you don’t know and wants you to go with them.

 

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ssStrangers can scare your pets, so keep them safely away from the front door.

cCostumes for pets are cute, just make sure they are comfortable and not too binding.

AAvoid giving your pet any type of candy so they can’t get sick.

rrRemember to keep proper identification on your pet in case they get out.

yyYour pumpkin’s candle gives off a great glow; don’t let your pet knock it over and start a fire.

Top 5 Things To Do At Least Once in Washington DC

Yes, there are dozens of world-famous monuments and museums in the DC area; no doubt, many of which will rank high on any traveler’s to-do list. But off the straight and narrow, you’ll find some exciting activities that you won’t want to miss. Check out these top five must-see wonders of DC and make the most out of your time in the nation’s capital.

# 5. Jazz in the Garden – Located in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, this community party features weekly performances with some of the hottest local musicians and bands in the DC area. Held every Friday evening, Jazz in the Garden creates a concert experience unlike any other. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the artwork of artists such as Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, and Sol LeWitt. You might reach cultural overload.

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#4. Rock Creek Park – With over 2,800 acres of serene natural beauty in the heart of the city, Rock Creek Park is a world of its own. You’ll find an endless range of natural sights and sounds including local wildlife, historic landmarks, and environmental wonders. Come for the view and stay for the history. You’re bound to see at least one log cabin.

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#3. – First Fridays at Dupont Circle Arts – Art lovers rejoice. DC has its own share of notable artists and galleries. With new shows every first Friday of the month, you can walk along Connecticut Ave and rake in art of all varieties. The Cross-Mackenzie Gallery and Hillyer Art Space are just some of the local cultural landmarks that participate. Plus, you can load up on free wine and cheese. Art openings are truly delicious.

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#2. Bluejacket – Located on Tingey Street, Bluejacket has quickly and quietly become DC’s premiere local brewery. Serving up delicious apps, seafood and burgers, this resident hotspot is known for crafting awe-inspiring food and drink combinations that do the country’s capital justice. Hang out in their casual barn-style dining room with friends and family and watch the real American masters at work. These beers don’t craft themselves.

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#1. National Cherry Blossom Festival – Every year, thousands gather to watch the cherry trees blossom around the Tidal Basin. The dates of the festival can be hard to predict every year, making the moment that much more important to savor. More than just trees, however, the entire city participates in the celebration. Head out to watch the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. DC takes its cherry trees very seriously. It probably has something to do with George Washington.

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Relocating to D.C. in the Fall

Relocating to D.C.?  If so, congratulations!

D.C. is one of the most exciting and unique cities in the country. As the center of political power in the U.S., D.C. is filled with important—and well-dressed—people. It’s also home to awe-inspiring historical monuments, fantastic museums, and many distinct neighborhoods to explore.

Thousands of people move to D.C. every month—some permanently, some just for a short period of time—so you’re definitely not alone. And if you are moving in the fall, you’re lucky as his is one of the best seasons in the city.

Here is some information to make your transition to D.C. a little smoother.

Fall in D.C.

Fortunately, fall is beautiful in D.C. In early fall, the weather is warm during the day and cools off at night. In October the average high is 69°F and the low is 44°F. In November these temperatures drop about ten degrees.

By late October, the foliage of the city changes colors. The tree-lined streets and parks are gorgeous, and the view of the monuments against the backdrop of vibrant orange and yellow leaves is particularly spectacular.

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Cost of Living

Keep in mind that the cost of living in D.C. is quite high. It usually ranks around #6 on the list of most expensive cities to live in, with the cost of living about 40% higher than the national average. This high cost of living is balanced out somewhat by a higher median household income—around $90,000 in 2014—which, in fact, is the highest median household income in the country. D.C. also has a very high average per capita income of $74,733.

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Dress Code

Being one of the premier political stages in the world, D.C. is home to a lot of important people doing important things. As such, the dress code may be a bit more professional or formal than you’re used to. This is especially true around the Hill. If you’re unsure of how to dress for an interview or a work-related event, always err on the side of more professional. Some upscale restaurants and bars have dress codes; just be sure to find out what kind of attire is appropriate before you go.

 

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Getting Around

One of the best ways to get around the city is on the Metro. It’s clean and safe, and it’s how many people get to and from work each day. When you’re exiting the Metro, make sure to stand on the right side of the escalator so that people can move past you on the left. Check out the Metro’s website for routes and schedules.

If you plan to have a car in D.C., be aware that traffic can be very heavy and parking can be difficult and parking costs can be high. That said, there are great weekend trips you can take outside the city, including some awesome hiking, and a car makes those much easier.

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Road tripping with your pets

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Travelling with your pet can be very stressful for them long before the trip begins. They see the hustle and bustle of packing, the constant flurry of action, and changes to their environment. They have the ability to sense when something in their world is unsettled. Here are a few tips to make their journey to your new destination as easy and safe as possible…

1Make sure your pet is acclimated to traveling in the car before your journey. Take them for a few short trips to let them get the feel for car travel. Often pets only know going to a vet or groomer and associate being in the car with something they might not like.

Try to keep to your pet’s feeding schedule with the same food they are ac2accustomed to eating. It’s important to maintain the same schedule as much as possible to minimize  stress.

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