Christmas Safety

Christmas

Christmas is a fun time of year for every age. There are lots of goodies, gifts and decorations. There are also many hidden dangers for families and children. Here are a few tips for keeping you and your family safe this holiday season:

 Christmas Tree

  • Buy a tree that is healthy and not dry and brittle.
  • Do not overload your electrical outlets.
  • Keep a fresh tree well-watered.
  • Use a sturdy stand and keep the tree away from things like heating vents, floor heaters, fireplaces and other heat sources.
  • Never decorate the tree with candles.
  • Use CSA (Canadian Standard Association) approved lights.

 Decorations

  • Keep small tree ornaments and tinsel out of the reach of toddlers. Put them near the top of the tree.
  • Be careful with plants. Poinsettias are poisonous.

Fire Safety

  • Use outdoor lights outside only.
  • Turn off your Christmas tree lights on when you are in bed or not home.
  • Always test the batteries in your smoke detectors.
  • Plan fire escape routes. Practice them with your family.

 Entertaining

  • Have plenty of non-alocoholic options for children, or pregnant friends or family members. Insert mocktails.
  • Always clean up immediately after a holiday party. A child could wake up early and choke on leftover food or consume alcohol or tobacco that was left out.
  • Christmas candies and nuts can be a choking hazard for young children. Keep them out of reach.

 Gifts

  • Buy age appropriate toys for children. Small parts are a choking hazard.
  • As you open presents, immediately dispose of packing materials like plastic bags and Styrofoam pellets. These are dangerous as a child may suffocate with playing with them.

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