Make it the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Make it the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

These days there’s lots of guidance out there about hosting and attending safe holiday gatherings during the pandemic. Here are some other safety tips that can help make the holidays merry and bright for you and your family.

  • Fire is the number one danger when it comes to using real Christmas trees. If you have a fresh-cut tree, enjoy the fragrant aroma that fills your home. Just be sure to use lights that produce low heat like miniature lights, inspect your light sets each year for fraying wires and turn your lights off when you go to bed or leave the house. Check the water level of your tree each day to maintain its freshness as long as possible.
  • Keep a close eye on any candles you use during the holidays (and year-round); the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. And be sure to keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • And speaking of pets, plants associated with the holidays, like poinsettias, mistletoe, holly berries and pine needles can all cause gastric distress, mouth irritation and worse if ingested by your furry friends.
  • When you’re decking those halls, inside or out, make sure your ladder is on a flat, stable surface, wear shoes with good soles and keep an elf around to monitor your safety.
  • When it comes to toy safety, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that choking on small toy parts (including deflated balloons) is the most common injury to children under age 14. If Santa is bringing your child a bike, scooter, skateboard or skates, be sure to add the right size helmet and safety gear as well. Twenty-one percent of all toy-related injuries are traced to these toys. High powered magnet sets need to be kept away from kids under 14 too – swallowing two at once can lead to serious injury. You can visit the CPSC’s Holiday Safety Information Center for more about holiday safety. By the way, they also don’t recommend getting a hippopotamus for Christmas!
  • Finally, if you’re shopping online, don’t make it easy for the Grinch! Shop only from trusted retailers, beware of “too-good-to-be-true” deals, use credit cards and check your bank and card statements regularly, create strong passwords, and avoid public wi-fi.

Happy Holidays from Your Health Idaho!

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