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Christmas Tree Safety!
Holiday Safety Tips to Keep in Mind!
- Place all ornaments that are breakable and have medal hooks at the top of the tree.
- Safe ornaments for children should be placed at the bottom of the tree.
- Ensure real trees are watered to prevent the tree and needles from drying out which poses a potential fire hazard. Check your tree regularly to ensure plenty of water.
- Check lights before they are placed on your tree or on you home for exposed wires, loose connections and or broken sockets.
- Holiday Candles should be placed 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire.
- Blow out candles before leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Matches and Lighters should be placed in a safe place away from a child’s reach.
- Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.
The Perfect Toy!
- Keep poisonous plants out of reach of children and pets.
- Poisonous holiday plants such as mistletoe berries, holly berry, and Jerusalem cherry are used in holiday decorations.
- In a poison emergency, call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Safety in the Kitchen!
- Consider you child’s age before purchasing a toy as a gift. Take time to look at instructions and warning labels.
- When choosing a toy, make sure that there are not any small parts or choking hazards.
- In toys that require batteries to work, keep a look out for button batteries. Toys that require button batteries to run may be fun for older children but for younger children they pose a potential danger.
- For Bikes, skateboards and scooters be sure to purchase helmets, elbow pads, kneepads and other safety items.
Traveling During the Holidays!
- Make sure to use your back burners to cook on for the holidays, preventing possible spills and burns.
- Teach older kids how to cook safely.
- Never leave the kitchen while using the stove or oven.
- Be sure to use oven mitts or potholders to remove items form the stove or oven.
- Ensure the correct use of the microwave at all times.
- 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly, before you hit the road check your car seat.
- It takes only 15 minutes. If you are having even the slightest trouble, questions or concerns, certified child passenger safety technicians are able to help or even double check your work.
- Kids who have outgrown a forward-facing harness seat are not ready for a seat belt or front seat yet.
- Kids are safest in a booster seat that enables the adult seat belt to fit properly.
- Children who have outgrown a booster seat are to remain in the back seat until the age of 13.
- Ensure that you pull over to safe exits or rest stops to change and feed your child.
For more information, please contact Titusville Life Safety Specialist Heather Gilmore, firstname.lastname@example.org