hild abuse is incredibly prevalent in the winter holiday season because of stress, the expense and bustle of shopping, and increased alcohol use. Accidents related to holiday decorating and festivities also contribute to unsafe conditions for children. Here are some tips to help keep families and homes safe during the holiday season.
Beware of Holiday Candles
Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials.
~Do not leave children unattended in the room with lit candles.
~Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children.
~Refrain from using candles to decorate Christmas trees.
Test Tree Trimmings
~When decorating with lights be sure to purchase the type that have been tested and labeled by an approved laboratory.
~For outside decorations - use only lights that are labeled for outside use.
~Do not overload electrical outlets and always unplug a
ll lights when leaving the home or going to bed.
Keep Christmas Trees Fresh
Choose a fresh tree and secure it in a sturdy stand.
~Locate the tree away from heat sources and exits - water it daily.
~If you purchase an artificial tree, make sure that it is fire retardant.
Prepare for Holiday Parties
~Decorate with flame retardant or non-combustible materials.
Have a designated smoking area outside, for the sake of others that are sensitive to secondhand smoke.
Designate a Driver
~If you are a party attendant, select a driver
~If you are a host you should have a supply of nonalcoholic beverages on hand for the designated drivers.
~Fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected each year before the start of the heating season. Creosote forms as the wood burns, creating a buildup in the chimney walls that will cause a fire if not properly cleaned.
~Always protect your home and your family by using a sturdy screen when burning fires.
~You should only burn wood and not paper or pine limbs which can float out of the chimney and may ignite a neighbor's yard.
~Never use flammable liquids in a fireplace.
~If stockings are hung on the mantle, don't start a fire in the fireplace.