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SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg Wishes A Boo-tiful Halloween to Everyone.

Halloween is Right Around the Corner!

Here’s a reminder from SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg to be aware of open flames. To help avoid scary fire and smoke damage, try using electric candles in your party decorations.

We are Here to Help® if the worst happens, but of course we want everyone to be safe. We are leaders in restoration from fire, soot, smoke, and water damage.

Call us at 847-526-0090. We are always available.

Costume Safety

If adults or children are wearing costumes, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) reminds people to limit the flowing robes and trailing fabric. That way, you’re less likely to end up with a costume in flames.

Other Safety Tips

  • Make sure eye masks don’t obscure the vision; non-allergenic makeup is safer than masks.
  • Oversized shoes may look nifty, but they’re easy to trip over.
  • Long capes are also trip hazards.
  • If you’re going to be outside, make sure you’re visible in the dark. Reflective tape or light-colored fabric is helpful.

Amazing Facts

We knew stores sold costumes for cats and dogs, but just learned they sell costumes for guinea pigs as well! 

Since guinea pigs are neither from Guinea nor related to pigs, we figured they were in costumes just by existing. Nonetheless, we had to think of costume ideas for them:

  • Piglets (of course)
  • Tyrodentia Rex
  • Mops
  • Hairpieces (awkward, as you must keep your furry friend on your head, but hey – you could win a prize)

Trivia:

  • They cannot survive in the wild.
  • Guinea pigs are rodents; they belong to the family “Caviidae”.
  • They are probably domesticated descendants of Cavia tschuii.
  • Andean farmers originally bred them for meat.
  • Guinea pigs need diets of fresh grass hay (such as timothy), fruits (including citrus for the Vitamin C), and vegetables, especially carrots, spinach, celery, and broccoli.
  • Apples are good too.
  • Guinea pigs were the inspiration for tribbles.
  • They are very timid but do like their people.
  • Their teeth and nails never stop growing; they need something to gnaw and something to scratch.
  • They don’t respond well to change.
  • Domestic Cavy clubs have bred cavies so there are many coat colors, textures, and lengths.
  • The Spanish name is conejillo de Indias, which means “little rabbit of the Indies” – no, they’re not from the Indies either, but that’s where the traders came from.
  • Japanese words refer to marmots (another mountain-dwelling rodent) or rats.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg

Our Halloween wishes:

  • A safe day for all
  • Your children don’t find out you steal their candy
  • Prosperity for Cook County