Enjoy a Festive and Safe Holiday Season

The holiday season is a busy time for families. Following these  tips will make sure you and your little ones safely enjoy all the festivities the season has to offer.

Food Safety

Many holiday family traditions are centered around special foods. If your child wants to help in the kitchen, remember the following tips:

Wash hands before, during and after food preparation.
Keep common baking ingredients such as vanilla and almond extract out of their reach.
Use soap, water and a disposable paper towel to clean surfaces that have touched raw meat, fish or poultry.

Trimming the Tree

If your family picks out a real tree, make sure you check the tree’s freshness-it should be green and not dry. Keep it away from fireplaces or other heating sources. When decorating trees, also keep the following tips in mind:

Turn off the tree lights before leaving the tree in an unattended room.
Keep burning candles out of your children’s reach. Do not leave burning candles unattended, and never place them near anything that might easily catch fire.
Keep small ornaments, tinsel, small figurines and other decorations out of reach. Also avoid ornaments that look like food or candy.

Make a List Check It Twice

Make sure you know what you’re buying. It’s important to select age-appropriate toys. For small children, avoid those with small, removable parts that may not be appropriate for younger children. Also, stay away from toys with strings, straps or cords. These may pose a strangulation hazard to small children.

If it’s a new bicycle, tricycle, scooter, skateboard or skates that are on your child’s list, don’t forget the trimmings. Make sure you also purchase the proper safety gear, including helmets and any other appropriate protective equipment.

Stay on Top of Toy Recalls

You can get the most up-to-date info about any toys that may be recalled for safety hazards by contacting the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 800-638-2772 or online at www.cpsc.gov.

What holiday safety tips do you follow?

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