To keep your home and loved ones safe this holiday season, try following some of these holiday home safety tips.

· Decorating– Carefully inspect holiday lights and discard any that seem frayed, cracked or that have a loose connection. Always turn off your holiday lights when either leaving the house or going to bed. If you are buying a real tree, try to purchase a freshly cut tree as they are more resistant to catching on fire. Make sure to keep your tree watered and away from open candles or flames.

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· Safety-Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when leaving the house. If you plan on leaving your home for a long period of time, ask a neighbor or friend to watch your house and pick up your mail. Try leaving a television or radio on so the house looks occupied and never have large displays of presents visible through the windows or doors. Also be aware that criminals sometimes can pose as couriers delivering gifts, so be cautious of strangers who come to your door.

· Children-Kids are always at a high risk for injuries. Keep an eye on children when they are eating and playing. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, choking hazards and other objects out of their reach.

· Cooking-The holidays involve a lot of dinners and parties, so make sure you are handling food safely. Cook food to correct temperatures and wash hands and surfaces often. Try adding some healthy food into your holiday menu as well.

· Pets-Dog bites are a common occurrence during the holidays. This time of year can be especially stressful for dogs due to changes in their routine and the coming and going of visitors. Dog owners should monitor their dog’s reaction to visitors. If the dog seems overly excited, barking, growling, cowering away, trying to hide or showing any other signs of anxiety or aggression, the dog should be separated from the visitors.

Injuries can occur anywhere and at any time. Staying safe and healthy this holiday season is something the whole family can take part in together. We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season.


Parents Magazine Website, “12 Tips for Holiday Home Safety”

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