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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Winter holidays bring about lots of commotion for the whole family, so it’s an important time to stay safe! From decorating, to cooking, to driving to grandma’s accidents can happen anywhere. Here are some safety tips for all holiday activities:
- Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify these by the label from an independent testing laboratory.
- Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.
- Many artiﬁcial trees are ﬁre resistant. If you buy one, look for a statement specifying this protection. A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a ﬁre hazard than a dry tree. Place tree away from ﬁreplaces, radiators and other heat sources.
- Remove all wrapping papers, bags, paper, ribbons and bows from tree and fireplace areas after gifts are opened. These items can pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child or can cause a fire if near flame.
- Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards for younger children.
- Before buying a toy or allowing your child to play with a toy that he has received as a gift, read the instructions carefully.
- Foods that require refrigeration should never be left at room temperature for more than two hours.
- Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that the flue is open
For more holiday safety tips, check out this article. We hope you have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season this year.
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