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Holiday Season Safety Reminders
The holidays are here! While enjoying the sights and sounds of the season,
remember to take extra precautions to protect yourself, your family and
your property. Remember, the following tips can make this holiday season
one of your best ever!
- When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant."
- Check for freshness when purchasing a live tree. A fresh tree is green,
needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers,
needles do not break. Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose
the fresh wood. This allows for better water absorption and will help to
keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
- When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, radiators
or portable heaters.
- Check all tree lights -- even if you have just purchased them before
hanging them on your tree. Make sure all bulbs work and there are no
frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.
- Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault
circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.
- Use only non-combustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or non-leaded metals.
- In homes with small children, take care to avoid decorations that are
sharp or breakable. Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the
reach of children to avoid the child swallowing or inhaling small pieces,
and avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young
child to eat them.
- Bacteria is often present in raw foods.Fully cook meats and poultry, and
thoroughly wash raw vegetables and fruits.
- Be sure to keep hot liquids and foods away from the edges of counters and
tables, where they can be easily knocked over by a young child's exploring
- Wash your hands frequently, and make sure your children do the same.
- Never put a spoon used to taste food back into food without washing it.
- Always keep raw foods and cooked foods separate, and use separate
utensils when preparing them.
- Always thaw meat in the refrigerator, never on the countertop.
- Foods that require refrigeration should never be left at room temperature
for more than two hours.
- When attending a party designate a non-drinking driver. If you are the
host of a holiday gathering, be sure there are non-alcoholic beverages
available for guests who are driving.
- If guests will be smoking, provide them with large, deep ashtrays and
check them frequently. After the party, check inside and under upholstery
and in trashcans for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.
- Clean up immediately after a holiday party. A toddler could rise early
and come in contact with alcohol or tobacco.
Printed with permission from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Happy Holidays from your Richmond-Area Safety Committee!
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot