October 28th, 2014 by Joel Altsman
Did you know that over $2 billion will be spent on Halloween candy this year? Or how about $330 million on just pet costumes?
We know that Halloween is one of children’s favorite holidays. The chance to dress up in a costume and fill bags with candy is a sure way to excite any youngster. (Plus, the fact that the average trick-or-treater consumes the equivalent of 220 packets of sugar on this holiday doesn’t hurt either.) For parents, though, the night can be a little stressful as you worry about your kids’ safety.
With that in mind, we have compiled an infographic with 31 interesting statistics and facts associated with Halloween along with a brief list of safety tips. We encourage you to take a look at it just in case there is a tip or two that will help you avoid any potential accidents or danger.
The full list can be found below.
- Make sure your children take flashlights so they can avoid tripping over obstacles on the sidewalk or in yards. Flashlights and glow sticks will also help your children be seen by motorists.
- If you allow your older kids to go out without your supervision, make sure they go out in a group. Don’t ever allow your kids to go out alone or even in pairs; make sure they go out with at least 3-4 other kids.
- Map out their route so you know where they will be and when they should be home.
- Tell your kids to only stop at familiar homes where you know the residents and where the outside lights are on.
- Instruct your kids to WALK from house to house and NEVER run.
- Make sure your kids know to never enter anyone’s home, to never accept rides from strangers, and to never take shortcuts through yards or other dimly lit areas.
- Costumes should be light enough to be clearly visible to motorists. You may even want to add reflective tape to both your child’s costume and bag.
- Make sure your child’s costume is labeled flame-resistant.
- Costumes should be short to prevent trips and falls.
- Try cosmetic face paint rather than a mask. Masks, especially on children, may not fit properly and can obstruct vision.
- Be sure to remove all face paint that night to prevent skin irritation.
- Don’t allow your child to eat any candy before you have a chance to inspect it for choking hazards or tampering.
- Only permit your child to eat candy that is unopened in its original wrapper. Any homemade or unwrapped candy should be discarded.
- A good way to prevent your kids from eating any candy before they get home is to make sure you give them a meal or snack right before they go out.
- Above all else, limit the amount of candy your child eats after they get home or you will be dealing with one big stomachache.
- Use additional caution when driving a vehicle. Lookout for children who might run into traffic from behind parked cars or other obstacles.
- Turn on your porch and any other exterior lights to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home.
- Remove any obstacles from your lawns, steps or porches that could be a tripping hazard for children or adults.
- Keep all jack-o’-lanterns from doorsteps or steps where a child could brush by the flame with their costume.
- If you keep your jack-o’-lantern inside, place it on a sturdy table away from curtains or other ignitable decorations and out of reach from children and pets.
October 16th, 2014 by Joel Altsman
We need to get the box filled up. We have to ship it off next Friday, the 24th. We’re open M-F 9-6 and Sat 10-3.
Download this flyer and bring in some goodies for the troops! They’ll appreciate it and you’ll feel good for donating to this worthy cause.
October 13th, 2014 by Joel Altsman
Pak Mail Anderson Mill is a proud supporter of Operation Christmas Stocking, sponsored by Operation Give. We have a box by our front door to collect your donations. We need to get as much as possible as soon as possible to ensure everything can be delivered in time for Chriatmas.
Please go to http://www.operationgive.org/index.php/donate/our-operations/op-christmas-stocking/ to find out more and to see a list of items to donate.
Let’s show our military how much we appreciate their service!
September 26th, 2014 by Joel Altsman
How about a cool sculpture by artist Larry Jolly. We sent this to a juried art show in San Francisco.
Think of it as your brain on technology! 🙂
September 11th, 2014 by Joel Altsman
In the years since 2001, 9/11 has become known as Patriot Day. Please join Pak Mail Anderson Mill in commemorating this horrific day by honoring and paying tribute to our brave first responders and military heroes.
If you are a first responder (Police, Fire, EMS) or active duty military, anything you ship with us today, 9/11/14, will be FREE. It’s our way to show our appreciation for what you do to protect us very day and to say thank you for your service. So stop by and let us say thank you!
May God Bless You Richly!
September 10th, 2014 by Joel Altsman
…We make sure it can survive this:
August 22nd, 2014 by Joel Altsman
This week we crated and shipped 500 lbs of Corian countertops for the University of Texas, shipped 170 lbs. of speakers and accessories to Inchon, South Korea, and facilitated the packing and shipping of some furniture from FL to one of our customers here in Austin.
We also shipped a display booth to a trade show in CA, some clothes, puzzles, and games to Indonesia, and, of course, our normal everyday packages and envelopes all around the country. We even did an on-site notary for a customer in the hospital.
So – what can we do for you? Just let us know – we’re here to serve you!
August 4th, 2014 by Joel Altsman
Ah, Summer! Time to relive our past and head down to the local soda fountain for a refreshing ice cream soda with whipped cream and a cherry on top.
Well, we can’t do that, but we did ship these antique soda fountain stools last week.
What do YOU need to ship today?
July 29th, 2014 by Joel Altsman
You may be wondering why we always ask you what’s in the box you’re shipping. Part of it is so we can assess the packaging needs to ensure your treasure is adequately protect from the rigors of the shipping system. Part of it is so we can add declared value coverage in the appropriate amount to protect you from the slight chance of loss or damage.
But there’s another reason as well – we are liable for what gets shipped out of our store. Here’s a link to an interesting article on the criminal indictment and multi-million dollar lawsuit facing FedEx these days. http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2014/07/25/a-touchy-legal-question-for-fedex-ups-whats-in-the-box/
So, we’re not being nosy, we’re just trying to protect both of us!
July 16th, 2014 by Joel Altsman
So, the kids are off to camp and Mom & Dad are taking it easy, enjoying the hot weather. But come on, now. You know you miss them, even if they do make a mess of the house.
They won’t admit it, but they miss you, too. Send them a care package today and you’ll all feel better. Stop by Pak Mail Anderson Mill and we’ll pack up the snacks and goodies and get them shipped off for you. Don’t send chocolate, though, it will melt into a gooey mess in the Texas heat.
Stop by today and mention this posting for 15% OFF your UPS, FedEx, or LSO shipping. Sorry, USPS shipping is excluded.