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Holiday Safety Tips

Here are some safety tips for you to think about this holiday season as you enjoy time with your family and friends:


  • Place candles where they will not be knocked down.
  • If possible, use battery-operated candles.
  • In homes with small children, avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable.
  • Decorations that have small removable parts should be kept out of the reach of children. Don’t use small decorations that resemble candy or food.
  • Never use lighted candles on trees or near other evergreens
  • Immediately remove or throw away all wrapping paper, bags, ribbons, etc. after opening gifts.


  • Make sure artificial trees are labeled “Fire Resistant”.
  • If purchasing a live tree, look for freshness. Needles should be green and are hard to pull from branches.
  • Keep live and artificial trees away from fireplaces, radiators, vents and portable heaters. Do not set trees up in the way of traffic or in front of doorways.
  • Do not allow the tree to dry out. Water it regularly. Cut off a few inches from the bottom of the trunk before setting up. This allows for better water absorption.


  • Check all lights (even new sets) to be sure all bulbs work and there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.
  • All outdoor lights should be approved for outdoor use. Do not use “Indoor Use Only” lights outside.
  • Plug all outdoor electric decorations into GFCI circuits to avoid potential shocks.
  • Turn off all lights before you go to bed or leave the house.

Toy Safety:

  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child.
  • Read all toy instructions carefully before allowing children to play with new toys.
  • Avoid giving children younger than 10 toys that have to be plugged in. Instead buy battery-operated toys.
  • Children under three can choke on small parts contained in toys. Do not give a child under the age of three a toy with parts smaller than 1 1/4 inches round or 2 1/4 inches long.

Food Safety:

  • Fully cook meats and poultry to avoid food poisoning. Thoroughly wash raw vegetables and fruit.
  • Wash your hands frequently when preparing food.
  • Always keep raw foods and cooked foods separate and use separate utensils when preparing them.
  • Always thaw meat in the refrigerator, not on the countertop.
  • Do not leave foods that require refrigeration out for more than 2 hours.


  • Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers and other decorations from the area.
  • Check to make sure the flue is open.
  • Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!


This information is provided as a service to you by Compliance Consultants, Inc.

This information was compiled from the American Academy of Pediatrics website.

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