5 December 2014

Holiday Safety Tips

Useful tips to keep your home safe during the holidays

Holiday Safety Tips

  • Use a check or credit card when doing your shopping and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Always choose holiday decorations that are labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Do not connect any more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs, and remember to replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections.
  • If you choose to use an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • Make sure your tree is at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights when spending time away from your home or at night when going to bed.
  • Remove a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose fresh wood.  This enables better water absorption and will help keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
  • Do not use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
  • Plug any outdoor decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid electrical shocks.
  • Remove all gift wrapping papers and decorations from around the tree and fireplace areas after gifts are opened.  They can cause young children to suffocate or choke, and can cause a fire if left near an open flame. 
  • Children under age three can choke on small parts contained in toys or games. Government regulations specify that children under age three should not play with toys that contain parts less than 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long.
  • Do not give young children (under age ten) a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet to help prevent burns and electrical shocks.  Stay safe with toys that are battery-operated.
  • Avoid pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches long. Strings and cords of this length can be a strangulation hazards for babies.
  • Remember that the homes you visit may not be childproofed.  Keep an eye out for danger spots when visiting family and friends.
  • Be careful with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires and can be a serious health hazard to children if consumed. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting.
  • Do not toss wrapping papers in the fireplace to avoid the risk of a flash fire when wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.

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