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Smart Holiday Safety Tips

Lights, presents, parties: The holiday season may be a magical time of year, but the things that bring the magic can also present safety hazards. Fortunately, some smart strategies can help lay the foundation for a peaceful holiday season. Here’s what to watch out for.

Keep Your Holiday Lights From Causing A Fire

Electrical problems are responsible for one in three Christmas tree fires, says the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). But whether you’re hanging holiday lights indoors or outdoors, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends taking the following safety measures:

Take Precautions With Christmas Trees

Use these tips from the CPSC for safe Christmas tree decorating:

Play Safe With Candles

Candles can add more than just a magical glow to festivities. The top three days for candle-related home fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve, according to the NFPA, which offers these fire-prevention tips:

Make Your Fireplace Safer

Overloaded fireplaces, obstructed flues, flying sparks and nearby flammables are major causes of hearth-related fires, says the CPSC, which recommends taking the following steps:

Keeping Children Safe During The Holidays

Don’t underestimate what kids can get into. The CPSC recommends the following precautions to help keep them safe.

Protecting Your Pets During The Holidays

The holidays can bring risks for your pets as well. Here’s what the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests:

 Throw A Safe Holiday Party

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By Katrina Brown Hunt