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Keep the Holidays Jolly: Safety Tips to Keep Kids Safe this Holiday Season

10/25/2016 05:35PM ● By Hood Magazine
By Sanford Health

To help ensure a safe holiday season, follow these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Trees and plants

  • When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “fire resistant.”
  • When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness.
  • The tree should not lose many needles when tapped on the ground.
  • Cut a few inches off the tree trunk to expose the fresh wood.
  • Keep the stand filled with water.
  • Place the tree away from fireplaces, radiators and portable heaters.
  • Use caution with holiday plants. Poinsettia and mistletoe are among several poisonous holiday plants.



  • Check all tree lights before hanging them on your tree, even if just purchased.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
  • Outdoor lights should be certified for outdoor use.
  • String lights through hooks or insulated staples to hold in place, do not use nails or tacks.
  • Always turn lights off when leaving the house or going to sleep.



  • Trim the tree with only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials.
  • Do not use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens.
  • Avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable.
  • Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to prevent swallowing or choking.
  • Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food to avoid young children trying to eat them.
  • Remove all wrapping papers, bags, paper, ribbons and bows from tree and fireplace areas after gifts are opened. These items are suffocation and choking hazards to small child and can cause a fire if near an open flame.


Holiday Gatherings

  • Clean up immediately after a holiday party to avoid children choking.
  • Not all homes are childproof. Keep an eye out for danger spots like unlocked cabinets, unattended purses, accessible cleaning products or open stairways.
  • Keep a list of all the important phone numbers you or a babysitter will need in case of an emergency. Include the police and fire department, your pediatrician and the national Poison Help Line, 1-(800) 222-1222.