October is Awareness Month

The month of October certainly appeared quickly this year. Kids are back to school and the air is getting crisp. When Chicagoans hear October, they think of Halloween and getting into the spirit by starting to decorate early on in the month.  However, not many people know that there are plenty of other national observances during October including:

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Pink Ribbon on a pink background for Breast Cancer Awareness

    Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • National Window Covering Safety Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Diabetes Month
  • National Popcorn Popping Month
  • Sarcastic Month

Of course there are many more then what is listed above.
Everyone knows someone who has had breast cancer or someone whose life has been affected by someone who has breast cancer. If you are not sure how you can help bring awareness to this common disease here are some ideas.
Start by placing some pink around the outside of your Chicago home. Pink ribbon can be purchased at any craft store and you can type them around the trees in your yard. Placing stickers in your windows can also show your neighbors and people driving through that you support the cause.
Another way to show support for a friend or loved one who might have been affected by breast cancer is to participate in the Chicago Making Strides events.  The American Cancer Society sponsors this walk to help bring awareness to how hard everyone works to save lives but to also hopefully put an end to breast cancer. By registering at the Making Strides in Chicago website, you will know that you are honoring those who have been lost, breast cancer survivors and help support fundraising.
There are many walks scheduled throughout the month of October in the suburbs and the city.
Here is a list of locations and dates for some of the walks:

  • Making Strides of Lake County in Libertyville on October 16
  • Making Strides of North Shore in Northbrook on October 2
  • Making Strides of Chicago at Soldier Field on October 22
  • Making Strides of South Suburban in Orland Park on October 9

If you want to tie this into real estate that is no problem. While you are supporting a great cause, you get the opportunity to walk through some of these great Chicago neighborhoods and you might even see a home for sale that sparks your interest.
Another import awareness that starts in October is Nationwide Window Cord Safety Effort. Take a walk around the inside of your home and check all your windows for hanging or exposed cords especially from blinds. These can cause a serious hazard to young children and infants such as strangulation. One important thing to do is to replace older products with new and improved cordless window coverings especially if you have young children or have children visiting your home.
Here are some tips to help make your home a safer environment in regards to window cords:

  • Make sure cord stops are installed properly and altered to limit movement of any inner lift cords
    Brown wooden blinds with a hand holding the cord showing the knob at the end.

    Brown Wooden Blinds with the Cord

  • Have all tasseled pull cords as short as possible
  • Keep every window cord out of reach of children and remove any hanging cords
  • Cords that are a continuous loop need to be fixed permanently to the wall or floor
  • Most important, move all beds, cribs and furniture away from the windows.

Another important national awareness in October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. What can bring joy and happiness to a home? A dog! There are many shelters located in the Chicagoland area that have many puppies and dogs that are available to adopt.
One of the first steps before getting your furry friend is to make sure your house is well prepared. Take a look around the outside and make sure it is doggie proof.  Walk the perimeter of your yard and look for any openings in the fence or other potential hazards. If you would like to create one spot for your dog to use as their bathroom, take a corner of your yard and put down some gravel and a cheap fence.  This will help your yard to remain clean and can help with training as well.
If you aren’t sure what type of dog to choose, when you go to the shelter take your time walking around until you see one that really draws you in. Remember, you are creating a lasting and loving relationship and giving a dog a much needed forever home!
There are two shelters in Chicago that are top notch:

Smiling Brown Dog, sitting on its back legs, holding a Please Adopt Me Sign

Smiling Brown Dog holding Please Adopt Me sign

Even though this post is not all real estate, there are still some good home tips that you can use at any time.
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