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Christmas Safety Tips

By December 16, 2014May 21st, 2020Insurance


It’s the Christmas season once again, time to pick out that perfect tree and decorate the house with green and red. While this is a very joyous time of the year it can also be quite hazardous. Its estimated emergency rooms treat roughly 8700 people during this time of year for things ranging from falls, cuts, and shocks associated with decorations, lights, and Christmas trees. Use these tips when preparing for the holidays to keep you and your family safe.

Safe Decorations and Trees

  • Make sure when shopping for artificial trees, to look for the label “Fire Resistant.” This label doesn’t mean the tree won’t catch fire, however it shows that the tree will resist burning and will extinguish quickly

  • After purchasing a live a tree it is wise to cut a couple of inches off the trunk to expose fresh wood. This increases the water the tree is able to absorb, and helps keep the tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard. 

  • If you have small children you should avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, and make sure to keep decorations with small parts out of reach of children.

  •  When decorating with spun glass “angel hair,” make sure to wear gloves to avid eye and skin irritation. When decorating with artificial-snow sprays follow the container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation.

Lights Safety

  • When putting up lights make sure to use lights that have been tested for safety by a testing laboratory.

  • Before hanging lights check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, or loose connections. If lights are damaged make sure to throw them away.

  • An extension cord should have no more than three standard size sets of lights.

Toy Safety

  • While Christmas shopping be mindfully of the recommended age ranges on toys. Toys recommended for older children may be hazardous to younger children.

  • To avoid electrical shocks or burns, do not give under the age of ten toys that need to be plugged in.  Instead purchase toys that require batteries.

Cecil B. Williams