It’s that time of year again! Already the stores are jammed from one end to the other with holiday decorations, trinkets, treats and toys. I know I get wrapped up in the excitement just like everyone else. But while we’re sipping our cider and hanging the wreath, there are hazards lurking in your old decoration box in the attic. This is the perfect time of year to do a few safety checks so that the rest of your holidays are safe and stress free.
Follow these five tips for holiday safety:
1) Inspect those lights! A frayed wire is a recipe for disaster, especially if it’s wound around a drying up tree. Carefully inspect all holiday lights before you hang them to ensure they aren’t going to pose a fire hazard. There is nothing less jolly than a Christmas tree set ablaze.
2) Keep lights and wires away from young children and pets. Holiday lights can often contain PVC coatings and be tainted with lead. You wouldn’t want your little ones to be handling them and then sticking their hands in their mouth. This is an unexpected source of lead exposure that is easy to avoid. After you are done with your decorating, wash your hands thoroughly.
3) Replace lights with safer alternatives. The thing to look for when purchasing lights is a label that says RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) which means that no lead is used in making the lights. Some companies don’t have this label but will confirm their lead status if you ask. EnvironmentalLights.com carries a variety of LED holiday lights that are free of lead.
4) Be aware of toy recalls. It’s easy to pile the toys into your cart without a thought. But what happens if the scooter you bought for Billy has been recalled for a laceration hazard and you don’t know it? Investigating toy recalls is a worthy time investment when buying new or used toys for kids. You can subscribe to the Consumer Product Safety Commissions email list and you’ll get a digest that includes the weekly recalls of current toys. This way you’ll be alerted if something you bought pops up. You can also search SaferProducts.gov for toys and other items to see if anything you already have has been recalled in the past. It might just be a simple repair kit or it could be something more dangerous like lead paint. It’s worth it to check!
5) Check and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detection device batteries. This is the perfect time to test and check all your safety devices in your home. Replace batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors during the holidays. It will keep you and your family safer and it will be easy to remember when you last replaced them.
Now that you have those holiday safety tips out of the way, you can refill your cider and put your feet up for a relaxing Holiday Season!Katherine Scoleri is a guest blogger from SafeMama.com. In exchange for sharing this content, the Allstate Community has compensated her via cash payment.