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Holiday Safety Tips


Here are a few safety tips to make your Christmas safer.

  • Childproof your home if small children are expected.
  • Check decorations for damage/wear and tear on a regular basis.
  • Check the condition of electrical outlets and safety caps.
  • Make sure extension cords are plugged into the wall socket (not each other).
  • Avoid electric lights on the metal X-mas tree!

In the kitchen…

  • Thaw meat properly.
  • Don’t keep pots and pans on the stove when you are finished with them.
  • Keep handles pointed in (so they aren’t bumped by someone walking by or grabbed by curious children.)
  • Children love to help in the kitchen, but they should always be supervised.  Assign tasks according to age and motor skills

In the dining room…

  • Are the candles away from children?
  • Are sharp knives inaccessible to children?
  • Is the hot food stored away from areas inaccessible to children?

In the living room…

  • There may be fireplaces, so keep the kids away from them.
  • Keep utensils near the fire place secured along with any matches.
  • Make sure all holiday rugs are secure.

Now, about the tree…

  • Don’t block exits or put too close to a heat source.
  • Keep your live tree fresh.  Water it regularly. Secure the tree from tipping over
  • Decorate the tree safely, keep the breakable ornaments away from children

And on the stairways…

  • Make sure all decorations are tightly secured.
  • Make sure the handrails are functional, especially for the elderly, the physically challenged, and the children.
  • Make sure the steps are clear of all toys and other loose objects.

The Christmas wreaths…

  • Are they made of toxic materials, are they flammable?
  • Do they contain items that are choking hazards for children?

And your in-home pets…

  • Your pets may be fascinated by the Christmas decorations including hanging strings, cords, sashes, flashing lights, shiny objects, etc. 
  • Animals are fascinated by candles, so keep them out of their reach.

Pets as gifts

  • Puppies and kittens require a lot of attention.  They are easily excited about activities in the house and they aren’t always accustomed to children.

And finally, the great outdoors

  • Check the extension cords, wires, and equipment to ensure they are designed for use outdoors.
  • Check the equipment needed for setting up decorations.  Do NOT use metal ladders to string lights.
  • Be careful of the placement of the wires, especially around doors, walkways, and driveways.
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