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Holiday Safety Tips for Your Family

November 17, 2016

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Before we know it, we’ll be sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, enjoying the company of family and friends and giving thanks for our many blessings. As we anticipate the festivities of the most wonderful time of the year, let us be mindful of holiday safety in the home. The National Safety Council offers the following tips to ensure that your home is a safe destination for holiday celebrations.

Holiday Safety In the Kitchen

  • As you prepare meals, wash hands, utensils, the sink and anything that touches raw meat.
  • Leftovers are safe for four days in the refrigerator. Reheat leftovers to at least 165F.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Here are some handy fire safety tips from the US Fire Administration:

Christmas Tree Safety

  • Never use lighted candles near trees or boughs.
  • Never leave candles unattended.
  • Keep trees away from fireplaces, radiators and all sources of heat.
  • If your tree is artificial, make sure that it is labeled “fire resistant.”
  • If your tree is natural, make sure it is well watered.
  • Make sure your tree has a stable platform.
  • Check holiday lights for fraying, bare spots or excessive kinking in the wire.
  • Turn off all tree lights and decorations when not in use.
  • Use a step stool or ladder to reach high places when putting up decorations.

Keep the Furry Family Members Safe, Too!Bulldog dressed in sweater for Christmas

While it is tempting to share your holiday feasts with the family cat and dog, know that there are many unhealthy and even dangerous foods for them during the holidays.

  • Candy can be deadly. In fact, chocolate can be fatal to pets if ingested.
  • Fatty leftovers, such as gravy, meat bones and drippings, can cause internal injury, upset tummies, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Be careful with the bones, please! Although doggies love them, cooked bones are dangerous and can cause intestinal upset and may even splinter.

What can you share with your beloved pets? If you do share holiday leftovers, the following, in small portions, are a safe bet for cats and dogs:

  • Skinless and boneless cooked turkey
  • Steamed, plain green beans
  • Plain carrots
  • Plain, mashed sweet potato or pumpkin

For more information, visit and for pet safety tips.
Be safe, and enjoy every moment of this wonderful time of the year!