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Tips For Christmas Safety

Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 10:50 AM

Christmas is a busy time of the year and with so much to think about and do, safety can sometimes be overlooked. Safety, unfortunately, should be a priority during the holiday season. Knowing that your friends and family are safe will allow you to take pleasure in your time with them instead of worrying about their safety. Consider these tips for Christmas safety as you are decorating the tree, hanging the tinsel, and stuffing stockings this year. christmas holiday safety tips
Christmas Tree
A fresh cut Christmas tree adds the feel of Christmas in your home, but before you purchase one, make sure it is freshly cut, if possible. Pre-cut trees are fine too, but make sure there are no lose needles. You can do this by tapping the tree on the ground. The limbs should have some bend to them but not so much that they can break. 
Keep your tree in water and away from any heat source when you take it home. That goes for lights also. Use the UL Christmas lights that don’t get heated to avoid possible fires. Don’t use candles on or around the tree. Place your Christmas tree in an area away from heavy traffic and pets.
Christmas lights can be used both indoors and outdoors, but they aren’t to be used interchangeably. There are lights specifically made to use indoors and that should never be used on the outside of your home. To prevent lights becoming wet outside make sure to keep lights away from snow fall or possible rain. Look for the UL type lights for outdoors.
Keep pets away from candles and the tree as much as possible. Never use tinsel on the lower half of the tree because tinsel can cause choking and possible death if your pet gets it in their mouth. Keep chocolate away from your pets also. Chocolate is tasty, but it can cause severe digestive problems for your pets.
Fireplace & Candles
An active fireplace can add warmth to your home during the holidays, but extra caution should be taken to avoid potential fires. Make sure your fireplace is cleaned to avoid over smoking and potential fires. Many fireplace fires can be avoided just by keeping them swept every year. Also, avoid hanging tinsel or garland close to the opening, as this is a potential fire hazard. Keep candles behind glass and away from drafts to prevent them from being blown over. 


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