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Ideas On Keeping The Holidays Safe

Here are a few articles and interesting facts on keeping kids and adults safe over the holidays.

Holiday Safety

    Can you believe the holiday season is in full swing? There are  parties to attend, gifts to buy, meals to cook, and goodies to eat. It's hard not to get wrapped up in the festivities that occur this time of the year. One thing to keep in mind, if you decide to decorate for the season, is safety.

 In 2012, 3,270 children were seen in emergency rooms for injuries caused by nonelectric holiday decorations. 136,214 children under 19 were injured due to a fire or burn. Here are a few ways to keep kids out of the emergency room this holiday season:
    -Place breakable ornaments at the top of the tree.
    -Make sure your lights do not have exposed wires, loose connections, or broken sockets.
    -Keep holiday candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
    -If your tree is not artificial, water it regularly.
    More information can be found here at Safe Kids Nebraska

Toy Safety

In 2012, 192,000 children were treated in emergency rooms or a toy-related injury. Toy related injuries are preventable. Here are a few ways to prevent toy related injuries:
    -Consider a child's age while purchasing a toy. Follow the recommendations listed on a toy's box.
    -Check toys for choking hazards.
    -Keep batteries away from young kids.
    -Make sure to purchase a helmet if you are gifting a bike, skateboard, or scooter.
    More tips can be found at Nebraska Safe Kids

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Ideas On Keeping The Holidays Safe

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