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Holidays & Safety

It is that time of the year! The holidays are upon us and as we enjoy all the festivities, thoughts of safety might not be at the top of our mind.

As you decorate your homes and spend time with your family and friends, here are tips to help keep kids safe this holiday:

  • Real Christmas trees look beautiful and smell great, but they need to be watered regularly. If not, needles can dry out and create a potential fire hazard. Water your tree regularly.
  • Kids are curious and will want to play with the ornaments on the tree. Put breakable ornaments or ones with metal hooks at the top of the tree. Position ornaments on the bottom of the tree that are safe for young children. 
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Always blow out candles when you leave the room or before you go to sleep. 
  • Kids love to reach and grab things any time of the year. Remember to use the back burner of your stove and turn handles away from the edge to prevent burns from hot food or liquids. 
  • Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game this holiday and any time of the year. Take the time to read the instructions to make sure the gift is appropriate for the age of the child.
  • Be on the lookout for small pieces, including button batteries that may be included or need to be added in electronic toys. These games may be great for older kids, but can pose a danger for those oh so curious younger siblings.

For more information on keeping kids safe while enjoying the holidays, visit the Safe Kids website. Happy – and safe – holidays!

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