Keeping your kids safe this holiday season

Stay safe and have fun this holiday season

A few reminders of dangers to avoid this holiday season

1. Fires:

Artificial Christmas trees should be labeled "fire resistant".
Live trees should be fresh and keep them watered.
Set the tree up away from radiators and fire places and make sure it is secure in its stand.
Holiday lights should be turned off when not home.
Strings of light should be inspected for fraying or damage before being used.
Menorah candles should be somewhere safe and should not be left unsupervised.
Make sure not to overload outlets.
Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Have your fire place chimney cleaned.

2. Choking

It is particularly difficult to stay child proofed during the holidays.
Keep dangerous ornaments out of the reach of young children.
Choose toys that are appropriate for age.
Be extra careful when visiting other homes.
Keep holiday snacks which might be a choking hazard out of reach.

3. Poisoning

Some typical holiday plants are potentially dangerous including mistletoe, holly and poinsettias.  If you think your child might have ingested something dangerous, always call poison control 1-800-222-1222.
Keep holiday libations out of reach of children

4.  Outdoor safety

Lots of fun can be had outdoors during the holiday season.
Be careful when sledding.  Do not sled toward the street and wear a helmet.
Dress warmly and come in from time to time to warm up-avoid frostbite.
Never skate on a frozen body of water

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