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December is....

Holiday Safety

The Christmas season is upon us now and it is always good to reflect on some basic safety measures we can initiate in our homes, especially if we have young children. Whether your Christmas tree is real or artificial, place it in a sturdy stand so that it is not in danger of falling over on children. Keep your tree out of the way of traffic or doorways and away from heat sources and candles. If your tree is real, remember to water the tree frequently to avoid it drying out and becoming a fire hazard. Avoid putting sharp, easily breakable decorations anywhere on the tree with small children in your household and refrain from using trimmings that have small removeable parts or that resemble candy or food. Remember to be careful with icicles and tinsel, because young children like to place objects in their mouths. Check your Christmas lights for broken, cracked, bare wires, loose bulb connections to prevent it from becoming a fire risk. Have your candles placed away from the reach from young children. Make it a part of your routine to check that all candles are extinguished before you go to bed. Battery operated candles are another safe anternative.

Remembering these few safety tips will enable your household to have a safe and happy holiday experience. Merry Christmas!