While this is without a doubt the best time of the year it can be hazardous if appropriate precautions are not taken. Use the following tips to ensure your holiday celebrations don’t turn into a holiday nightmare!
KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE ON THE KIDDOS
Holidays are full of small objects strewn around the house. Wrapping paper, decorations, small parts, and candy canes can easily be picked up by a toddler and present a choking hazard. Light strands, ribbons, and cords present a strangulation risk, while broken ornament can cut little feet and hands.
Be on the lookout for cut wires, broken sockets, or loose connections. It just takes one spark on a dry tree and you could have an out of control fire before you know it. There nothing more beautiful than a real Christmas tree, but be sure you choose a fresh tree that is not to dried out. Keep your tree well-watered and prune away dried out dead branches. Be sure not to overload your circuits. No doubt the warm glow of a candles looks pretty in the window, don’t leave candles burning unattended or better yet opt for battery operated flameless candles.
BE A KEEN COOK
Ensure that the memories that last are all good ones by keeping hot pots on the back burners of the stove to avoid accidental spills, scalding, steam burns, and flareups. Be sure to avoid cross-contamination by washing hands and counters before and after coming in contact with raw food products.
NO DON’T EAT THAT
Did you know that all those beautiful plants everyone decorates with for Christmas are poisonous if eaten? Holly, mistletoe, Jerusalem cherry plants, and poinsettias, should be kept away from tiny tots. If you have a poison emergency call 1-800-222-1222 (Poison Control Centers).
TOY SAFETY. One might think that because toys are “made for kids” they are safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Be sure to check for recalls, small parts, and unhealthy materials. A recent concern has been product from certain counties of origin that were found to contain unsafe levels of lead. You can check for the latest recalls at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
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