Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Activities for the Family

It’s that time of year again, where the tricks and treats are doled out among friends and kids dress up as whatever their heart desires. Yes, Halloween is here! We thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite things to do with our families during this spooky season of fun. If you don’t have Halloween traditions already, this is a great place to start!

Decorating the House

There’s truly no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by decking out the house with the entire family. If you haven’t decorated your home yet, pull the boxes out of the closet, brush off the dust, and get everyone involved. Spend the day dressing the yard and your entire home; even take the opportunity to look up some DIY crafts and have your crafty family members whip up some new decorations! 

If you want to make things fun, assign each person a designated room in your house to decorate. They have the whole day to decorate the room the way they want it! The end result will be a fantastically decorated house with a little bit of everyone’s personality rolled in to it. 

Pumpkin Carving Contest

A pumpkin carving contest is one of the most traditional ways to celebrate Halloween, and for good reason. Go shopping for pumpkins (let everyone pick out their favorite one) and set aside a night of carving fun! After you scoop the pumpkin ‘guts’ out, wash the seeds and bake them for a tasty treat while everyone is creating their own masterpiece.

While all pumpkin carving with kids should be done with adult supervision, there are now a number of kid-friendly pumpkin carving kits you can buy practically anywhere. These popular kits provide safe and easy ways for kids to design and carve their own pumpkin.

Eating a Healthy Dinner before Trick or Treating 

Once the big day arrives, all the kids can think about is candy, candy, and more candy. Before they head out trick or treating for sugary sweets, plan a delicious and healthy meal for the whole family. Let them get partially dressed up before dinner so the excitement starts to set in. While you’re eating, map out where you plan to go for the night. Not only will this pump everyone up, but it’ll also avoid disagreements on where to go once you leave home!

Tip: Save the spaghetti for another night, serve something that won’t stain if costumes are already on!

Share Scary Stories

This is an activity we would save for the older kids, once the little ones have left to show off their costumes to the neighborhood. In between answering the door for trick-or-treaters, pass the time by coming up with your very own scary story to tell. The only rule is that it can’t be one you’ve heard before! These stories should be made up on the spot, making them fun for everyone to tell and listen to at the same time. 

We hope you have some fun with these ideas, and even put your own twist on things! To all of our customers, have a safe and happy Halloween from everyone here at Arctic Fox!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Leading Causes of House Fires

The leading cause of house fires in the United States is something cooking related. The second leading cause is usually due to air conditioning or heating unit malfunction. During winter months, heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires. About two-thirds of home heating fire deaths are caused by portable or fixed heaters.   

Since most Arizona dwellers won't use their heating systems for most of the year, you may not expect anything to be wrong with your units if they haven't been on. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Unused heating units can rust and clog up essential areas of ventilation, which can cause a malfunction, potentially leading to a fire within your home's walls.

It's imperative that you always remember to get your AC and heating units cleaned and maintained on a regular basis to ensure the safety of your family and your home. As your local HVAC professional, it's our job to make sure your units are running the way they're supposed to. Give us a call and we'll inspect your air conditioning and heating systems head to toe to make sure they're in perfect working order!