The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates more than 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating are seen in emergency departments in the United States during November and December.
With that in mind, the Safe Kids WNC team at Mission Children’s Hospital put together these helpful tips to make sure your holiday decorations aren’t hazardous to your family.
1 – Decorate Your Tree with Your Kids in Mind
Kids are curious and will want to play with tree ornaments. Move ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks toward the top of the tree, making room at the bottom for the ones that are safer for young kids.
2 – Water the Tree Regularly
Natural trees look beautiful and smell great, but if they’re not watered regularly, needles can dry out and pose a potential fire hazard. Regularly check to make sure your tree has plenty of water.
3 – Check the Lights
Look at the lights on your tree and in and around your home for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
4 – Blow Out Candles and Store Matches Out of Reach
Keep holiday candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep. Place matches and lighters out of children’s reach. Avoid novelty lighters that look like toys.