KEEP YOUR TRICK-OR-TREATERS SAFE THIS HALLOWEEN
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize Masks can really bring a costume together, but they can also make it hard for young eyes to see where they’re going. Before trick-or- treaters head out to collect that sweet candy, swap out masks with face paint. It might take a few practice runs, but face paint can be just as cool. Make sure to test for allergic reactions first. Know the Rules of the Road It is important for trick-or-treaters of all ages to know how to behave safely as they walk down the sidewalks. They should always look both ways before crossing the street, never run out between parked cars, and make sure oncoming traffic is completely stopped before they step out into the road. Kids under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult, and older children should stick with their friends and never trick or treat alone. Trick-or-treating is a wonderful childhood tradition, and it shouldn’t end in tragedy. Talk to your kids about the risks and make sure they know why these rules are necessary. When you keep safety in mind, your trick-or-treaters can focus on the best part of Halloween: getting the most candy!
You may wonder if trick-or-treating is safe, especially when stories of poisoned Halloween candy circulate every year. These terrifying tales have all been hoaxes, but beyond needlessly frightening parents, these urban legends take attention away from the real danger kids face while trick-or-treating. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that children are twice as likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. Here’s what you need to remember before sending your little witches and knights out trick-or-treating. Light Up the Night Brightly colored costumes will make your child more visible in the dark. That said, if your ghouls and goblins have their hearts set on being a real creature of the night, flashlights, glow-in-the-dark bracelets, and reflective tape attached to candy bags can help trick- or-treaters remain visible to drivers. Dress for Comfort The cold might not bother Elsa, but your trick-or-treater may not be ready to sing after the sun sets and the temperature drops. Have them wear jackets and gloves as needed and insist on shoes they can walk in. If your little princess is absolutely in love with her high heels, have her wear the pretty, uncomfortable shoes for pictures at the door, then switch into comfy sneakers before hitting the sidewalks.
BRIAN TALKS SSD ON NORFOLK RADIO
• THE DEFINITION OF “DISABILITY”
At Gillette Law Group, one of our key focuses is educating the public. Knowledge is power, and the more power you have over your case, the more power you have over your own destiny. That’s why, earlier this year, Brian was glad to accept a guest slot on Legal Brief, a radio show. Host Ron Broughton hosts the Norfolk- based radio show, and he interviews legal authorities and experts on different types of law. Brian was brought on to discuss Social Security Disability benefits, an area he practices regularly. Ron started off by asking Brian about the relationship between Social Security Disability (SSD) and Social Security retirement programs.
• THE APPLICATION AND APPEALS PROCESS
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You can listen to the interview at: www. getgillette.info. If you have questions about any of those topics, give it a listen! Do you know of a group or organization that could benefit from learning more about Social Security disability benefits? Brian is grateful for any opportunity to educate the public about this far-reaching topic. Give us a call to invite him to speak to your group or to schedule an individual consultation.
In the rest of the interview, Brian was able to speak in depth about the following topics:
• ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
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