How to stay safe this holiday season

All the fun and excitement of the holiday season can bring unexpected danger if you are not careful. 

wrapped presents under decorated tree

Follow these guidelines to help make your celebration a safe one.

Keep it wet

If you buy a natural Christmas tree, watch for signs of dryness.  If the needles break easily and fall off the tree, it is too dry.  To keep the tree fresh, place it in a base that holds water.  First cut about two inches off the trunk so that it will absorb the water better.  When it becomes too dry, throw it away or recycle it.

Play it safe

When decorating a tree, watch for lights with frayed or bare wires because they can cause shock or fire.  Always supervise small children and pets around the tree – – since many decoration may look good enough to eat or play with.

Think like a child

Buy toys that are suitable for your child’s age.  Toys that are washable, lightweight, too large to put in the mouth, nose, or ears are the safest for small children.  Also, examine the toys for sharp edges and points which can cut or puncture.

Off to grandma’s house

If you are planning to drive a long distance this holiday, make a general inspection fo the care and tires before you start.  Be sure to take a safety kit with a flashlight, jumper cables, and warning flares.  make plenty of stops to keep attentive and, of course, never drive after having too much to drink.

Finally, let common sense be your guide through a safe and happy holiday season.