Tips to Keep Your Holiday Safe This Season

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santa with christmas letterThe 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.

Candle Safety

  • 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.

Tree Safety

  • 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.

Light Safety

  • 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.

Toy/Gift Safety

  • 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.

Food Safety

  • 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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