The holidays are fast approaching for many people and we all want it to be a great time. Taking a few safety precautions will help ensure and safe and happy holiday for all.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
- Keep them out of reach of children and away from pets, tree decorations and wrapping paper.
- Use sturdy candle holders so they won’t tip over.
- Make sure the tree is well-secured in a sturdy stand.
- Place tree away from sources of heat such as heating vents, stoves, fireplaces etc.
- Keep sharp or breakable ornaments away from young children.
- Choose tinsel and other trimmings made of plastic or non-leaded metals.
- Don’t let children put decorations in their mouths, as some may be harmful to their health.
- Use indoor lights inside and outdoor lights outside.
- Replace broken or burned out bulbs right away.
- Check light strings and extension cords you use. Do not use if they are frayed, have exposed wires or broken light sockets.
- Don’t overuse electrical outlets.
- Turn off holiday lights before you go to bed or leave your home.
- Choose gifts that are suitable for your child’s age group.
- Read and follow all instructions for any new toy.
- Make sure batteries are not accessible to children and are properly installed by an adult.
- Dispose of packing materials such as plastic bags and Styrofoam pieces immediately.
- Cook food thoroughly to a safe internal temperature and serve it promptly.
- Use warming trays or crock pots to keep hot foods hot.
- Put serving trays on crushed ice to keep cold foods cold.
- Throw away any food left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
- Store all leftovers separately, especially turkey, stuffing and gravy.
- Use refrigerated leftovers within two to three days or freeze right away for later use.
Compiled from the following:
Toy Safety During the Holidays from Healthy Canadians
Holiday Safety from Healthy Canadians
Food Safety During the Holidays from Healthy Canadians
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