Health & Environment

Holiday Safety Tips from NEW Health

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by Health Educator Mary Wright, RN

As the holidays approach, here are a few tips on keeping your family safe this winter.

  • Never leave candles unattended.
  • Keep burning candles, matches, and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Keep candles away from drapes or other materials that might catch fire.
  • Turn off the tree lights, put out fires and candles when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Keep alcohol, including vanilla and almond extract, out of reach of children.
  • Keep the tree away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, heating vents or radiators.
  • When decorating a tree, keep small ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations on high branches out of reach of children.
  • Keep harmful plants, such as holly berries, mistletoe, poinsettias, and Christmas cactus out of reach of children.
  • Keep round, hard food and candy out of reach of children.
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