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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.