Tips for a Safer Holiday Season

Tips for a Safer Holiday Season

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Make sure your home is childproof. Keep decorations with small parts out of kids' reach. Avoid decorating your tree with items that are food-inspired, such as popcorn strands. A child may pull them down and attempt to eat them. And be sure your child doesn't have access to dangerous plants. Mistletoe, holly berries and Jerusalem cherries can be poisonous if consumed in large amounts.

Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. Broken or exposed wires can cause metallic trees to become electrically charged so they shock or electrocute. Instead, opt for colored lights attached to the ceiling or wall that can shine on the tree.

Extinguish candles before leaving the house or going to bed. On average, candle-related fires cause 150 deaths and $385 million in property damage each holiday season. One-half of those deaths occur between midnight and 6 a.m. from candles that were forgotten and continued to burn. Always place candles in stable holders and keep them in safe areas where they will not be accidentally toppled over.

Don't let your garbage advertise your new gadgets. Make sure to recycle the boxes of any expensive items you received over the holidays. Setting out a box with the picture of a giant TV on it is a prime invitation for burglars.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission offers even more tips to help keep your holidays safe.


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