It’s October! Boy, that came fast.
October is a month filled with tons of national observances, including:
*Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
*Domestic Violence Awareness Month
*Energy Awareness Month
*Improve your Home Month
*National Animal Safety and Protection Month
*National Crime Prevention Month
*National Kitchen and Bath Month
*National Piano Month
*National Toilet Tank Repair Month
*National Window Covering Safety Month
*Positive Attitude Month
Chicagoland Real Estate Forum will be discussing a lot of these observances throughout the month, so check back often.
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Let’s first cover National Window Covering Safety Month.
It sounds silly when you first hear it, but it’s actually an important nationwide campaign to keep children safe.
According to the Window Covering Safety Council and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, window cords pose as potential strangulation hazards to young children and toddlers.
The window covering industry has redesigned corded products and developed cord-safety standards, but many homes still have older products on their windows.
Basic window-cord safety rules from WCSC:
*Install cordless window coverings in any home with young children.
*Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies made before 2001 with today’s safer products.
*Keep all window cords out of the reach of children. Tasseled pull cords should be short, continuous-loop cords should be anchored to the floor or wall.
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Chicago lit up Oak Street Beach on Lake Shore Drive Friday night to mark the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Participants joined the non-profit group Between Friends for the 15th annual “Light up the Lakefront,” in which 3,000 glowing luminaria were placed along the water as a memorial tribute to victims of domestic violence.
The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that more than 300,000 women and children have to deal with violence in their homes each year. If you are one of them, or you know someone in trouble, please get help. Click on any of the links in the story for more information.
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October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In observance of this important issue, Rush Oak Park Hospital, 620 South Maple Avenue, Oak Park, is offering free mammograms during the month of October to female residents who live in Oak Park, River Forest and Proviso Township.
To register for your free mammogram, call (708) 660-MAMO. You will need to show proof of residency through a voter identification card, utility bill or personal check.
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October is also the month of Halloween. We want to see your dressed-up homes. If you decorate for Halloween, take a picture of your house and e-mail it to email@example.com, and we’ll put it on our site. It’s your home’s time to shine!
From everyone at Chicagoland Real Estate Forum: Have a great October!