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posted by: LIT First Aid on: November 18, 2019

Photo by Luke Southern

It's easy to get caught up in the holiday celebrations. The season is a busy but joyous time full of activity and events. Most don't realize, but holiday decorations and new toys also come with risks that can put a pause on the festivities. Be aware of the safety hazards that come along with items brought into the home and learn how to stay safe this holiday with these tips!


Holiday Trees

  1. Make sure the tree you buy is fresh and water it daily - dry ones can easily catch fire. You can tell a tree is fresh if the needles are difficult to pull off. 
  2. Keep your tree away from busy spots, doorways and away from heating vents, radiators, stoves, fireplaces and burning candles.
  3. Place metal, sharp or breakable tree ornaments with small removable parts higher up on the tree, away from young children.

Holiday Lights

  1. Be aware of lights with recalls and use lights that have the mark of an accredited certification agency such as CSA, cUL or cETL
  2. Before putting up your lights, check the lightbulbs and replace broken or burned-out bulbs. 
  3. Discard light strings or extension cords with frayed or exposed wires, loose connections or broken light sockets. Never run electrical cords through doorways or under carpets.
  4. Keep electrical cords away from doorways or underneath carpets where they can be damaged or overheat. 
  5. Be mindful of how many lights and decorations you plug in. Overloading a circuit with too many plugs can cause it to overheat and start a fire. 
  6. Be careful with bubble lights, as they contain a hazardous chemical that may cause irritation or burns if the bulb breaks.
  7. Choose decorations like tinsel or artificial icicles that are made of plastic or non-leaded metals. Do not let children put decorations in their mouth, as some materials may be harmful to their health. 

Toys and gifts

Unwrapping toys and gifts on Christmas morning may be great fun for all the kids. But be sure to buy sturdy, well-made toys that are age-appropriate for your child so as to avoid potential hazards. Toys for older kids often come with small parts that can become a choking hazard for younger children.


The holidays are often such a fun time, it's easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of it all. Make your holiday a safe one by following the tips above. To be prepared for any situation, sign up for a first aid training course with the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training to ensure you can prevent any hazards in your home.

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