Holiday Safety

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Holiday Safety

It's that time of year for us to celebrate the Holidays and have some fun. So, with that in mind, here are a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this Holiday Season.

If you're like 20% of Americans who get a real Christmas Tree there are a few things to remember. First, your tree should be green and moist with a resin-sticky trunk, and pine needles that are difficult to pull from the branches. The needles shouldn’t break when bent and the needles shouldn’t abandon ship when branches are bounced. Keep your tree away from the fireplace, other heat sources and heavy traffic areas. Make sure that pets are kept away from Christmas tree water, as it may contain toxic fertilizer and stagnant tree water can be a breeding ground for bacteria. If you are going to go the artificial route, be sure to only buy fire-resistant artificial trees and to anchor the tree firmly to the stand. When it comes to lights, watch how you string the lights as children can strangle on them and pets can chew them. Hang them high and hide or cover the cords near the ground.

Especially be careful around the Holidays if you have pets. You may consider forgoing the tinsel because if swallowed, it can become lodged in the intestines and cause obstructions. And, if you have small children, consider using larger Styrofoam or plastic tree decorations. The glass kind can break and cause cuts and the smaller decorations can get stuck in the throat and cause choking.

For your own safety you may consider using timers for tree and window lights so they come on and turn off automatically, especially if you’re out of the house a lot during the holidays. These will help ward off would-be burglars. It is also a great idea to inform a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your house if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time.

By keeping these tips in mind, you and your loved ones will be able to enjoy "The most wonderful time of the year."