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WINTER HOLIDAY SAFETY

Trees And Ornaments

If using a real tree, pick one that is fresh, green, and has a trunk sticky with resin.

 

Place the tree in a sturdy stand that holds water. Keep the stand filled with water.

 

Cut a few inches off the trunk to allow better water absorption.

 

Keep the tree away from doorways, fireplaces, radiators, and portable heaters.

 

Dispose of the tree promptly after the holidays.

 

If using an artificial tree, make sure it is labeled “fire resistant”.

 

Breakable ornaments, or those with small or sharp places, should be hung where children can not reach them.

 

Spun glass “angel hair” can irritate your eyes and skin. Use gloves when handling.

Lights

Use indoor and outdoor lights in their proper, respective locations.

 

String lights with insulated staples or hooks rather than with nails or tacks.

 

Do not use electric lights on a metallic tree.

 

Try to conserve electricity and turn off your lights when you go to bed or leave the house.

 

Check sockets, wires, and connections and replace or repair any damaged items.

Plants

Many holiday plants can cause severe stomach problems if eaten.

 

These include: Mistletoe, Holly Berries, Jerusalem Cherry, and Amaryllis.

 

Keep these plants away from children and pets.

Fireplaces

Make sure your flue is open when starting a fire and remove nearby decorations.

 

Fire salts that produce colored flames can cause stomach irritation and vomiting if ingested.

 

Do not burn wrapping paper.

Toys

Select toys appropriate for the child’s age, skills, and interest.

 

Read the toy instructions carefully.

 

Children under 3 can choke on small parts; follow government regulations noted on the toy packaging.

 

Watch for toys with strings longer than 12 inches. They can pose a strangulation hazard for babies.

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