Christmas Safety Tips
Christmas is supposed to be a happy time of year, but with all of the festivities, decorating and hustle come added dangers. Help keep your family safe this Christmas by following these simple safety tips.
- If you have a live tree, make sure that you keep it watered and away from a heat source or open fire. Dehydrated trees can easily catch on fire endangering not only your home but your family too.
- Check your Christmas lights for damaged cords. After being stuck in a hot attic all year long make sure that you check the wiring on your Christmas lights and discard any light sets that show signs of damage.
- Don’t string too many light sets together as it may overload your outlet.
- Skip the food-like decorations. Small children may not know that the ornament shaped like a candy on the tree is made of plastic and could choke.
- If you have pets or young children, opt for plastic ornaments instead of glass.
- Turn your lights off by unplugging them before you go to bed each night
- Be careful with the holiday plants. Poinsettias, mistletoe, holly berries, amaryllis and Jerusalem cherry are poisonous if eaten.
- On Christmas morning when your living room looks like Santa’s workshop exploded, put the wrapping paper in the trash, and not the fireplace. Paper catches on fire quickly increasing the risk of flash fires.
- Don’t string lights by yourself. If you are putting lights on the outside of your home, make sure you have a ladder tall enough to reach without stretching and have someone help by holding the ladder steady.
These are just a few safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this Christmas.