The following is a guest post by Rachel Blackburn.
Holiday Decoration Safety
Holiday decorations are very colorful and festive. For example, fake snow may seem real for a child, which he may try to eat. If your decoration looks like candy, snow or anything edible, keep it out of reach.
Also, tinsel and fake icicles used to contain lead, which is very harmful. Keep these out of reach, whether it contains small traces of lead or not.
Holiday Light Safety
I love seeing the houses dressed in holiday lights! As pretty and rewarding as the outcome is, safety should always be a priority.
Make sure outdoor lights are securely fastened to the wall or roof in case of strong winds or bad weather.
Turn off the lights when you go to bed. If a string of lights shorts-out and starts a fire while you are asleep, the results could be devastating.
Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. If the lights short-out the tree could become charged and electrocute anyone who touches it.
The holidays are a special time of year. It is when everyone focuses on family, friends and what matters most to us. We getting our kids involved and teach them about generosity, gratitude, what it means to be a family and we reflect on the past year as well as the year to come. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative with your kids, and decorate to your heart’s content!