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Surviving Christmas – Handy Holiday Tips

Tips for protecting your Christmas Tree from toddlers

 

Place your Christmas tree out of reach of young children.

This may discourage and prevent your child from playing with the tree.

Set your Christmas Tree on a table. This may require you to purchase a Christmas tree shorter in height.

To prevent your Christmas Tree from falling down, place heavy items onto the base of the tree stand; this will make your tree more sturdy and more difficult to topple.

If your Christmas Tree is in a corner or next to the wall, install eye hooks into the walls on either side of the tree, then string clear fishing line through the eye hooks and secure into place. This will secure the tree to the wall and prevent it from falling down.

Place child safety gates around your Christmas Tree.

A Christmas tree placed in the middle of a child’s play space (i.e. family room, living room) is too much temptation for any little person. One solution is to place the tree in a lesser-used room such as a study or office. A tabletop tree is also an option. Keep the tree away from the edges and watch out for dangling tree branches and light cords so little hands can’t pull the tree down.

 

Decorate your Christmas Tree with ornaments that are safe to handle.

This will prevent your toddler from swallowing broken pieces of fragile ornaments or injuring themselves.

You may want to keep glass and valuable ornaments in storage until your child is old enough to safely handle them.

Refrain from decorating your tree with superficial ornaments that resemble popcorn, candy, or other food items that may seem appetising to your toddler.

Place ornaments made of soft materials on the Christmas Tree; such as ribbons or crafted ornaments that have been made from felt.

 

Place decorations that contain strands or string in the upper branches of the tree.

Christmas Tree lights, Tinsel, or other decorations can serve as potential choking hazards if your toddler handles them.

If you place Christmas Tree lights on the bottom section of your tree, use lights with smaller bulbs. Larger, older style  bulbs may be extremely hot and can burn your toddler’s fingers; an alternative is to use LED Christmas lights. These are also more economical to use as well.

Always check lights for broken, loose, or missing bulbs, and make sure wires aren’t frayed and sockets aren’t cracked. Turn lights off when leaving your home or going to bed.

 

Hide electrical outlets being used by lights on your Christmas Tree.

This practice may prevent your tree from falling down if your toddler trips over cords or if they pull cords from the electrical outlets.

Place furniture or other heavy, large objects in front of any electrical outlets that have decorations plugged into for your tree, such as Christmas tree lights.

For outdoor lighting/decorating, be sure to use extension cords that are safe and approved for outdoor use. Also don’t overload the outlet by stringing together more lights than is safe. Elevate cords to avoid them sitting in water or on dry leaves. Have lights on a timer or turn lights out when leaving your home or going to bed.

 

Choose a Christmas tree that is safe for children.

Real trees that are dry or artificial trees made from plastic may make toddlers sick if they eat pieces of the tree, such as the branch needles.

Read your artificial Christmas Tree’s instruction booklet to determine if the tree contains lead. You can also contact the manufacturer directly to learn about the hazards involved if pieces are eaten.

Keep your real Christmas Tree hydrated by watering it on a daily basis. This will prevent dry, sharp needles from falling on the floor and from cutting your toddler’s throat if eaten.

Be sure to check that your artificial tree is fire-rated or your real tree is fresh (i.e. easily bendable branches, no dropping needles) and keep your real tree well-watered to reduce fire danger.

Happy Holidays!

 

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